We need to be aware of our own faults today. It might be that we are still constructing large shrines over the past and not paying any attention to what Jesus is saying to us today. We need to be aware of how we might be burying the marginalized people in the fallout of our technical society. As Christians we can no longer ignore the cost in human lives of maintaining this level of living.
It is wise to listen to Jesus’ disapproval of ancient religious leaders as though he were speaking to us today. Careful practice of our faith must not come at the cost of overlooking the needs of others. The life of faith is not intended to be a struggle through piles of burdens and commands, but an invitation for everyone to the freedom enjoyed through forgiveness and life in Christ.
When Jesus walked into the house of the Pharisee and sat down to dinner, he was with a man who valued the appearance of things. Style was all. But the Lord was about to teach him a lesson. The only style that really matters is the love that brings blessings to others. Our life is good when it blesses others. The rest is show.
St. John XXIII, pray for us –
In this gospel passage people are demanding some extraordinary sign from Jesus that would prove beyond any doubt that he is who he says he is. Jesus flatly refuses to offer such a sign. The irony of this passage is that what the people are demanding is right in front of them, but because of their lack of faith they cannot grasp it. That is still the challenge the gospel presents to today’s reader or hearer. We want proof through extraordinary signs that Jesus is who he says he is. We very much fear the risk that faith demands.
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time –
The main requirement in the Kingdom of God is humility. We need one another. We need to share our life with one another not only when it is convenient for us but when the needs of others demand it knowing that we are all created in God’s image and likeness not only those of us who keep the Commandments and all the laws and rules. Those who know God are always humble; those who do not know God are invariably quite sure of themselves.
St. Denis and Companions, pray for us –
Just sitting here and listening to the Word of God and doing nothing about it certainly does not bring blessedness. Mary’s greatest blessedness came from the faith she had in her Son, Jesus; a faith we hold in common with her. Being a disciple of Jesus requires that we hear the word of God and allow it to take root in our lives.
Our eyes see what we have trained them to see. If we cannot see God in the ordinary events of life, this does not mean God is absent. More likely, the problem is our faulty spiritual vision. If we see God only in the unusual, we will rarely see God at all. But if we train our eyes to see God in the common events of life, we will meet God every day.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us –
In Jesus’ story, the man with an unexpected guest was rebuffed by a friend initially but persisted until he received what he needed. God is not a reluctant giver but generous and kind. However, we may have to wait for what we seek, either as a test of our true desires or because God’s greater purposes require a different answer or longer timeline.
Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, pray for us –
The basic stance of a disciple is one of confident dependence. Father does not refer to the gender of God but to the quality of Jesus’ intimacy with God. It is not merely a name for God but the context of his entire prayer. The very word father tells us we are coming to someone who cares. We are not coming to someone out of whom gifts must be unwillingly extracted but someone who delights in taking care of his children.
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, pray for us –
We need to remind ourselves that a spirituality of all quiet reflection is not sufficient, nor a spirituality that is all vigorous activity. The significance of any task is not simply the doing of it but the way in which it is done. Elton Trublood, a Quaker scholar said: “More good is done in personal relationships through the habit of happiness than through obvious deeds of kindness.”