Wisdom 18:6-9 Ps. 33: 1, 12, 18-19, 20-22 Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19 Luke 12:32-48
“Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for the Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” How can we understand and accept these words of reassurance in the midst of the mass shootings throughout our country, in the midst of the inflammatory rhetoric broadcast incessantly by the media, in the midst of the ongoing accounts of abuse by priests and bishops, in the midst of the climate changes that are seriously affecting the earth all around us?
How? By listening---and by following the examples of our ancestors in the faith who did not let adversity stop them from going forward. They had times of doubt and uncertainty as do we all, but in the end, they went forward “standing on the promises of God.” They acted in faith as we must. Now is not the time for wringing our hands and groaning as did the childless Abraham and Sarah or the famished and fatigued Israelites in the desert.
Now is the time for courage and determination. What is the source of this courage and determination that saw even Jesus, God’s beloved son, accept his sacrificial death as a sign and sacrament of God’s unfailing love? Is it not preparation for, acceptance of and consistent faithfulness to the call that is given to us each day? God is faithful to the covenant promise.
As individuals and as a community of faith we are in the midst of a Kairos moment. Will we hear… and listen? Will we pray for faithfulness to God’s call to love one another in word and in action not counting the cost? Will we take a stand even though we do not “know the hour” when change will happen in ourselves and in others?
The Gospel passage ends on a very serious note: “Much will be required of the person (add: community, church…) entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” If not now, when? If not we, who?
We are not alone…
-Sr. Mary Laura Lesniak
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