Reflection for August 25, 2013
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
In today’s Gospel from St. Luke, we see a continuation of Jesus’ ministry being played out. Someone from the crowd asks Jesus, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” This question may be on the minds of us today as well as at the time of Jesus. It is a good question and a reminder really of God’s continual care for us.
Along life’s way, many things may happen that can call us away from our intended purposes. Knowing that God is always with us and that He doesn’t leave us, renews for us our sureness of life in Him.
Our Catholic Faith welcomes us into life and provides us with the Sacraments, Scripture, Liturgy and the Traditions of the past for support. We are already “Saved.” We are saved by the very fact that we live faithfully as parts of Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church. We begin with our “Right to Life Ethic” which teaches us that all life is sacred. We continue our lives with the Sacraments received on this journey. We are blessed and cared for. We are more than “Saved.” When death calls us home, we continue to be in the loving presence of God, having received at last the fullness of life with Him.
Lord, be with us on life’s journey and unite us to yourself today and always. Amen.
Kathleen Mulso, OSF