The 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
How do we really see Jesus? Is Jesus a living experience for us, walking with us, loving us, forgiving us, helping us and transforming our lives and outlook? What difference does Jesus make in our lives? Have we really given our lives to Him?
Are there areas where we have excluded Him, where our lives are not noticeably different from the lives of those who see Jesus as irrelevant? Who do we say that Jesus is in our daily life? Who do we say He is when we are in the presence of those who don’t know Him, those who are not interested in Him?
What does the way we live and behave say about who Jesus is? Is the joy, love and peace we find in Jesus reflected in the way we live our lives? When we attend Mass, we have not come together to celebrate a long past memorial for a merely good man who died long ago.
We are here to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. The next step is the surrender of our lives to Jesus by rendering humble and loving service to others with the strong conviction that Jesus is present in every person.
The final step is to praise and thank God in all the events of our lives, both good and bad, realizing that God’s loving hands are behind every event of our lives. True disciples ask, “Are we willing to sacrifice something for the kingdom?”
Can we sacrifice some of our time in order to visit a homeless shelter or soup kitchen? Can we sacrifice our job security and refuse to “go along” with a policy that is unjust? Can we sacrifice our need to be in control and let Christ do with us what He will? Can we refuse to let our children watch television programs filled with sex and violence?
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