Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sept. 24, 2015 Thursday: 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Sept. 24, 2015 Thursday: 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he tried to see him . LUKE 9:9

Reflection: We encounter and hear about people who can change our worldview. We know people in our community who do extraordinary work helping troubled youth, undocumented immigrants, refugees, and the homeless improve their lives. We read about doctors, nurses, and volunteers traveling to other parts of the world to care for children living with HIV/AIDS. We see on the news dedicated men and women working with international agencies to rebuild communities devastated by natural disasters.

Sometimes we feel threatened by the people who can make a difference in our lives. We don’t like being confronted by their wisdom and challenged by their good deeds. We are tired of being reminded to feed the poor, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and care for the sick. We are uncomfortable with public protests against racism, discrimination, war, and violence. We become upset with people who disrupt our comfort zone and the status quo. The gospel tells us who Jesus is and how belief in Jesus changes people’s lives. As followers of Jesus, we are commissioned to challenge the status quo and to make a difference in the world. Through our words and actions people come to know and believe in the risen Jesus. We have been empowered by the Spirit of God to give witness to our faith in every situation. We are called by God in Jesus to disturb the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted with the good news.

Ponder: How do I challenge and change the status quo?

- Rev. Warren J. Savage & Mary Ann McSweeny

We are all sinners, but God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy, and tenderness.Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven.—Pope Francis