September 27, 2020

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

… Do nothing out of selfishness; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but for those of others (Philippians 2:3-4).

The prophet Ezekiel raises a question of God’s justice, as the people complain, “The Lord’s way is not fair.” Jesus raised a similar question in regard to two sons, “Which of the two did the father’s will?” The point made is between the change of heart of sinners entering heaven, while priests and elders whose hardheartedness reject Jesus as Lord will be cast out.

The justice of God reaches its fullest expression in the kenosis of Christ who humbled himself, obedient to death on the cross, for every tongue to confess Jesus Christ as Lord. God pursues us in the person of his Son, taking on our humanity that all humanity might share in God’s life.

Saint Peter Julian realized that in the Eucharist Christ emptied himself of his human appearance. The humility of God is now seen in the food of eternal life for all to take, eat, and share as one in Christ. Sharing his spiritual insight with a directee who was suffering, he wrote, “This period of difficulties and present troubles has brought you a bit more to the foot of the cross, and that is a great benefit. It obliges you to dwell more in humility—it is a divine thing. It’s time to bury yourself with Jesus.” (Counsels for Spiritual Life, page 157.)

Peter Julian went on to say, “Don’t focus your heart and mind on suffering, but on the glory of God which issues from these wounds.” In your adoration, enter into the justice of God, not as a reward for any accomplishment or righteousness given to you by grace. Instead, consider the path of kenosis; be emptied of self with Christ living through you.

Let us pray:

All mercy flows upon a suffering world from the Love of God. All encouragement lives in the servant obedient to death on the cross. All solace bonds the community of believers in the Holy Spirit. At the name of Jesus, let every knee bend of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.


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