14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Whenever you enter a town, and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them: The kingdom of God has come near to you” (Luke 10:8-9).
Do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20).
Jesus was sent by God the Father for the salvation of all human beings. As Isaiah foretold in the songs of the Servant of God, the Messiah would suffer and die for our ransom. We, too, must carry our cross daily. Suffering and dying are everyone’s fate and the way to Jesus. Jesus encourages his disciples (including us) to live simply and depend on God for all we need. Peace, joy, and hope should be in our hearts and souls; these are the gifts of Jesus.
We can learn from Saint Peter Julian Eymard, who wrote in a letter to Mrs. Camille Chanuet – March 6, 1862 (CO 1101 – Counsels for Spiritual Life) God supports us in this state of war; we feel within ourselves a powerful strength which goes beyond the ordinary. Then, at a grace-filled moment, we forget all our suffering. We love, we desire sacrifice, we accept everything, we want everything to be as God wills because he wills it.
The Eucharist is Jesus Christ, who reminds us of his sacrifice and resurrection. It is heaven on earth. Jesus Christ paid our ransom and forgave our sins. He gives grace and eternal joy and peace. Jesus tells us to ask the Father for all we need in his name. Do not be afraid.
Lord, we thank you and rejoice. The kingdom of God has come near us, and our names are written in heaven.
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