Today's readings are rich in themselves. Many of us have heard them many times and perhaps used them in a talk or a teaching or a reflection in our own lives.
The text from Isaiah speaks about God’s thoughts which are not our thoughts and God’s ways are not always as we see them. It is good to reflect over this at times because as Christians we desire to follow Christ but many times we are selfish in what we want to do and say. God’s thoughts and ways may be truly different than ours but many times better for the whole. Try going though your day and see how ways and actions are yours and maybe not God’s.
St. Paul in his letter to the Church is truly struggling between 2 choices--that of staying here and that of going to heaven. He has suffered much for Christ but for him, it is truly what he wanted. He has decided that for him to live is Christ and to die is Christ. He is a person who is a true model of what it means to give your whole life to the Lord. Do I truly give my whole life to Christ or does it depend on the day and hour?
Then there is the Gospel for today, the Kingdom of God, where all are Welcome no matter what the hour or time of day: all share in the kingdom of God. Am I as generous as Christ? Do I welcome all?
Here, in the Dominican Republic, we will celebrate our patron Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia so the readings will be different but I know that during these days of hurricanes, many of us prayed to her and she has saved many people here.
This day may we remember all the people who have lost family members and their homes in the hurricanes and also the victims of the earthquake in Mexico.
- Sr. RoseAnn
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