for Sunday, June 27, 2010
We are each called to serve the Lord Jesus by our baptism. Baptism is the
mantel of the Lord thrown over us, it is the blood of the Lamb in which we
are washed, it is the death by which we have been brought to life. Perhaps
many of us were baptized as infants and do not even remember our baptism.
Others of us were baptized as children old enough to remember our baptism
but perhaps not old enough really to make a choice! And some of us chose
as adults to become Catholics and to be baptized.
First we must be clear: it is God who is calling us to follow Him. It is
our Lord Jesus who invites us to be with Him. It is the Holy Spirit at
work in our souls, give us strength to walk with the Lord.
At times, for sure, we do not recognize the hand of God upon us. At times
we may even resent that the Lord is calling us. Like those in today's
Gospel from Saint Luke, we sometimes find strong reasons not to accompany
our Lord when we are invited. Or, like others in the Gospel, we want to
accomplish things quickly and so we are favor of violent actions.
We have been called by God. We have been called for freedom. This
freedom can be misused, as history shows us over and over. We are called
to serve one another through love. We are called to love our neighbor as
our self. Such love is never easy, even when we have the best of
neighbors. And when we hear the sayings of our Lord Jesus, we know that
every other person in this world is our neighbor.
As I look and see each of you, I can challenge you as I do myself: are
you willing to give your life in service for the good of others? So often
I know that I am not that willing. How I hope that I am like the one in
the Gospel who tells the Lord no, but then actually does what the Lord
asks! Sometimes I know that I shall be entirely blessed if only I can do
the smallest thing for the Lord. So often I have good intentions but I do
not follow through with good actions.
Our Lord tells us stories like those in today's Gospel because He knows
our weaknesses even better than we do. We are given the witness of the Old
Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, because we always need encouragement.
Saint Paul is always reminding us that we are free but can misuse our
We are invited to continue to trust in the Lord, no matter how many times
we fail. We are invited to walk with the Lord, no matter how many times we
have turned down His invitation. We are invited to renew our good
intentions, no matter how many times we have had good intentions and have
Jesus Christ came into our world to save us, not to condemn us. Jesus
Christ calls us to believe in Him. It is Jesus Christ who gives us the
power of the Holy Spirit in our weakness so that we can cry out: Father.
May the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of our Lord Jesus draw us to
the Father and give us strength this day to take one small step toward the
Lord. Come, Lord Jesus, help us in our weakness.
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