for Sunday, August 26, 2012
Are you going to serve God or not? We hear this question from Joshua in
the first reading today. It should go right to our own hearts. It is a
question that is part of our lives: serve God or not? The readings today
put this question to us and we are asked to answer it.
In the Gospel today, from John, we have this statement: Jesus knew from
the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray
him. We have to remember that this statement, although it sounds so very
clear, is not very clear. For instance, Peter betrayed Jesus. Thomas
refused to believe. The Apostles are good examples to us because they are
not people who just believed without having any failures or faults. They
made lots of mistakes and were not faithful always - but in the end, they
decided to walk with the Lord.
When we hear the words of Jesus, we do not have to be frightened. We can
be like those of His followers who remained with Him: Master, to whom
shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.
We must remember that even after this, these same followers denied knowing
Jesus and betrayed Him in various ways. The most important reality is to
know that Jesus always will invite us to follow Him again, even when we
turn against Him. Our hearts must be open to conversion, as were the
hearts of those disciples who left Him and yet returned to follow Him once
Always we come back to the reality that we must choose to serve God or be
against Him. We must choose to follow Jesus Christ or be against Him.
There is no middle ground except for repentance once more. God has sent
His Son to redeem us and to share the divine life with us. We must seek to
respond to the invitation of God. Even if we have gone away from the Lord
Jesus, He still invites us to return. Let us not be afraid of turning back
to the Lord if we have left Him. If we have remained faithful, let us
strive to love Him even more.
In this life, we must constantly keep our faith alive. This requires of
us a daily effort to live in the Word of the Lord, to let that Word form us
and to allow the Word to convert all within us that is not yet completely
given over to the Lord.
Let us walk in the ways of our God.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Joshua 24.1-2a, 15-17, 18b
Second Reading: Ephesians 4.32 - 5.2, 21-32++
Gospel: John 6.53, 60-69
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