Today’s Thoughts: Today’s scripture readings present some challenging standards by which we are called to live. At first hearing, they are not very reassuring. In fact, we might say they are downright discouraging.
In our first reading, St. Paul, talking about the dietary laws of his time, says to eat whatever you want… as long as it doesn’t cause your neighbor to stumble. In other words, we need to look at the actions of our life and determine what example they give. Life is not black and white, even though we would like it to be. Even choosing what we eat can be a grey area.
The psalmist proclaims, "O Lord, you have probed me and you know me." So, there are no secrets from God. There is nowhere to hide.
Finally, in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus says; “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” These challenges along with the rest of what Jesus asks in the Gospel are seemingly impossible commands. Tall orders for the living of a faith life.
Each of our Scripture readings today in their own way are asking us to do everything for the glory of God. If we can keep this in front of us, then our actions and our words will ring true. We are always challenged to reflect on our motives for doing things especially when our feelings are hurt for being ignored.
A question always in front of us is, are we about serving God as we journey through life? Are our words and actions about the glory of God? If we can say yes to these questions, then we know we are on the right path. We will never do it perfectly because at times we step off the path because we are hurt temporarily by the insult or carelessness of the world around us. However, if God is our focus then we can refocus on the true purpose of our life, reminding ourselves that God knows our names and what we are doing always. A life of faith is not about “Me,” it is about serving God with gratitude and love!
Have a great Thursday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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