for Sunday, August 25, 2013
This Sunday we hear of the mystery of God's love for all peoples. There is
a mystery of God's love for each one of us personally and there is a
mystery of His love for all peoples and nations. God's love goes to all.
God calls all. God invites all to know His love and to walk in His ways.
Blessed be God.
The first reading is from the Prophet Isaiah. God often sends difficult
words through prophets. God wants His people to know that nations of every
language will come and see His glory. The role of the Chosen People is to
draw all peoples to the Lord, not to keep God's love just for themselves.
This is the role of the Church today: to draw all peoples to God and to
The Letter to the Hebrews continues this same teaching: Make straight
paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.
The discipline given to us is to evangelize, to spread the word of God.
This discipline will inevitably bring us suffering. We must proclaim God's
love and invite all others to know of God's love, even if it brings us
ridicule and tiredness. Far too often we would rather life our own way.
God challenges us to know His love and to proclaim Him love to others.
Today the Gospel of Luke reminds us that it is not only knowing the Lord
that counts. We must try to do His will in our lives. It is not enough to
go to Church and to associate with good people. We must work to do the
good, all the while that we recognize that salvation is a gift of God.
Truly, whether we are first or last is of no importance, but let us be
there with the Lord. Let us not put our attention to being first or last.
Let us put our attention on knowing and loving the Lord and trying to do
His will in our lives. Let us invite everyone to the banquet of God's love
We are all called to be prophets. We have been given the Word of God to
proclaim to the nations and we must not rest until we have proclaimed God's
Word. We will suffer as we proclaim the word. We may have to put up with
ridicule. We may have to spend more time that we want to in speaking of
God. We may find our friends thinking that we are overly pious. Whatever
suffering comes to us, we can accept it for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
We don't have to think about how many will be saved but only about our own
faithfulness to all that God is asking of us.
In all of this, we will find mercy and comfort and be able to give glory to
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 66.18-21
Second Reading: Hebrews 12.5-7, 11-13
Gospel: Luke 13.22-30
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