Contributed by Phil Exeogu
Today’s Inspirational Snippet: “Rarely do humans realize the possibilities of the wise use of earthly power and worldly wealth.” Reflection for Monday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time October 16, 2017 Today’s Readings: Romans 1:1-7 Ps 98:1-4 Luke 11:29-32 Saint’s Quote Today: “This divine heart is an abyss filled with all blessings, and into the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.” — St. Margaret Mary Alacoque CALLED AND LOVED BY NAME Today we listened to the words of the Scripture speaking to us about being called by God and believing in Him, through what we have heard and witnessed. In the Gospel passage today, Jesus the Lord compared the people of Israel at the time of His coming with the people of the city of Nineveh, to whom the prophet Jonah had been sent. God is revealing something great to all who are open to hear and see. The responsorial psalm praises God for revealing the plan of salvation. Jesus admonishes His listeners to pay attention to His teaching, because they are privileged to have the Good News preached to them by the One Who is greater than Jonah and wiser than Solomon. The greatest hindrance to the Good News comes from individuals who are not willing to accept the message of salvation which is shared with them. Although God’s will is for all to be saved, God desires a freely chosen acceptance of the divine gift of salvation. What is tragic in life is that many of us do not appreciate the privileges that God has blessed us with. We take them for granted, and because of the lack of gratitude, we do not make use of them wisely for our growth and for the good of others. This is particularly true with respect to our faith. Most of us do not have to pay a price for our faith because it was passed on to us. But not only were the Romans called to be God’s beloved, they were also called to be saints. We are given a mission to be the ambassadors of Christ. But unfortunately, many of us do not treasure the privilege of being called by the Lord. We take the grace of baptism lightly. Most of all, we do not make any effort to deepen our understanding of Christ and of the gospel. We lack knowledge of our faith. When we act in this manner, then the judgement that the Lord said of the Jews would also apply to us as well. Jesus reprimanded them. Indeed, we too have been given the privilege of coming to know the Lord. We have the grace to freely study and practice our faith. Many take our daily masses for granted. Many do not go for the sacrament of reconciliation when they are easily available. So as Christians, like St Paul, we have received this great privilege of faith in Christ. It entails an equal responsibility “to preach the obedience of faith to all pagan nations in honour of his name.” Brothers and Sisters, let us turn our backs from sins and from all the wickedness that we have committed in this life. Let all of us heed the examples of our holy predecessors who have gone before us, devoting their lives for the sake of God and His people, loving God their Lord through all of their actions. Today, let each one of us, at some point offer a prayer of thanksgiving, thanking Christ for the blessings received over the past.