for Sunday, November 11, 2012
How wonderful to be a prophet and to be able to promise that God will watch
over another person! When we see the gifts of the prophets, we are amazed.
To appreciate a prophet, however, we also have to look at the sufferings
of the prophet. Elijah, like most of the prophets, spent his life going
here and there at the neck and call of God. He was not appreciated by his
own people nor by the rulers of his people. The king often tried to get
rid of him. Serving God is not easy nor is it comfortable.
Today's Gospel from Saint Mark helps us understand the ways of God. From
those who have nothing, he wants everything and is very happy when He
receives it. God is not willing to settle with us for only a part of our
lives. God wants everything from us and will not rest or be happy until He
has everything. We can ignore God. We create our own ideas of how to
serve God. We can reinterpret the Word of God. We can act like people of
prayer while not giving our hearts. We can give money and material things
to God while not loving Him.
Always God wants all. Why? God wants all because God loves us and wants
us to be with Him always, forever. The only way that can come about is if
we finally give Him all. That complete giving can happen in this life.
There are saints who give themselves completely to the Lord while alive on
this earth. Most of us only begin the process in this life and so we have
the reality of purgatory after death in order to purify us and allow to us
to give ourselves completely.
The poor widow of the Gospel can become our model. She shows us how to
give everything, forgetting ourselves and only thinking of the God that she
loves. She trusts that God will provide for her. Jesus teaches us that we
must learn how to live that way every day. He will provide for us.
Putting ourselves into the hands of the living God, the hands of Jesus
Christ, is truly scary.
The Letter to the Hebrews helps us understand that Jesus is truly like us
in all things except sin. He knows that it is scary to hand our lives
over. He knows what it is to suffer for others. He knows even how to
offer His life so that others may live. Jesus came to free us from sin and
to bring us salvation. Jesus came to invite us to share the Kingdom of
God. Jesus never promises that it will be easy. He does promise us that
He will always be with us.
Once more we are invited to walk the way of Jesus. It is always the Way of
the Cross. Jesus always invites us to die with Him so that others can
live. Come, let us walk with the Lord on His way.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Kings 17.10-16
Second Reading: Hebrews 9.24-28
Gospel: Mark 12.38-44
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