The readings this Sunday call us to task about what we pray for, what we say and how we live. We can’t help build the Kingdom of God by just being complacent. We are called as Christians to be Christ in our communities, places of work and in our Church. Reflecting on the readings of today we see: The first reading from Ecclesiastics calls us to act well and honorably-- which is a matter of personal choice. We have the choice: water or fire, death or life. It is not individual acts that can separate us from one another, but our hearts, fractured and divided as they are. Jesus insists that our conscience must go further than external deeds. The vital question is what is going on in our hearts, our thoughts and our motives? He teaches this with various examples, sometimes with great simplicity, sometimes with irony and wit.
The second reading from First Corinthians calls us to pray for wisdom, which many people truly need. It is a wisdom which only comes from God and from knowing the crucified Christ. This is a wisdom that the world does know and that is only found in those who trust and believe that God loves them. This is a wisdom that opens the mind and heart to speak and do the things of God, that is, to act justly, to love mercifully and to walk humbly with God.
The Gospel speaks for itself. We must obey the Spirit, and not just the letter of the Law. What Jesus speaks about to us today is the center of our life as a human being. We are to live from our hearts. We have seen in these last weeks examples of people who are trying to live what Jesus calls us to in the Gospel today. Am I doing what Jesus calls me to do today so that the Kingdom of God continues to grow where I live? - Sister Rose Ann
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