23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 4, 2016


Before we listen to our readings today, it is very helpful for us to consider what we have heard over the past few weeks. Two weeks ago, Jesus was asked how many would be saved? The Apostles are beginning to understand the gravity of their path as they make their way to Jerusalem.

If you recall, rather than answer directly, Jesus tells them to strive to enter through the narrow door. Do not worry about the end result – trust in God and your suffering will be turned into joy.

Last week, we recalled the parable to the guests at the table. We said that we practice humility here – every time we accept the invitation of Christ to become bread for the world.

For the sake of joy, we learn to trust through our sufferings. For the sake of love, we are humbled and then exalted.

If we are to be a disciple, we will endure great suffering, but so shall we also experience great joy. You cannot expect to find joy in this life if you cannot first let go of the control you have over it. This is why the context of this reading as part of the past few weeks is so important: we have to trust, but we also have to do our part. God cannot let go for you – you have to do that on your own. It is simply foundational.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33)



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