The readings of this Sunday seem to speak to the challenging questions of “Who is Jesus, the Just One, for me? How do I truly develop and live Jesus’ values and approach to life? ”
The reading from Wisdom reminds us that the Just One will experience rejection, alienation and condemnation. Do I really want to experience rejection and condemnation for the call to work for justice and living Jesus’ beliefs in accepting and including the poor, alienated and forgotten?
In the gospel Jesus foretells the coming of his suffering and death. However, the apostles are more concerned about their status of greatness and oblivious to Jesus’ call to be a servant to others, to be like a child, vulnerable and dependent upon God, trusting God’s strengthening, loving care. In what ways am I called to be a loving servant to others, to stand up, speak out against injustices in our world which may cause some suffering and isolation in my own life?
The reading from the letter of James reminds us that in dealing with the tensions of life, we need the “wisdom from above that is peaceable, gentle, full of mercy and good fruits.” Do I sincerely live the virtues of peacefulness, gentleness, full of mercy and good fruits? What spirit and attitude do I bring to others each day?
We are invited to be God’s Just Ones, so desperately needed in our world today, bringing hope, peace, comfort, healing and justice to our hurting world. May we truly believe in the Spirit and power of God working in and through us. May we go forth with courage, wisdom and joy this coming week!
Reflection for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time...September 16, 2018 by Cindy Wenninghoff, Notre Dame Associate
“Who do you say that I am?” This week’s readings are taking us on another step in our journey of faith. In Isaiah it is our personal journey with God and accepting who He is. God has opened our ears to Him, heard our cries, and has asked us to express faith in our actions to others by loving one another. It will not be easy, there will be suffering for believing in Him and there will be sacrifice as we learn to love one another.
Then In the reading from James, as Jesus asks “Who do you say that I am”, our faith has revealed he is God. But then Peter in his concern, tells Jesus that he shouldn’t have to suffer so greatly in his faith. Jesus silences him quickly as we cannot lose our relationship with God – we must take up our cross and follow Him. The world wants to draw our focus to our own physical world and comforts. It cannot be – our walk is with the Lord, and He will pick us up when we fall, hear our prayers, take away our worries, give us joy in life, and free us from death.
by Linda Cernik, Notre Dame Associate
In Sunday's gospel, Jesus fulfills Isaiah's prophecy that the Messiah will make the deaf hear and the mute speak. Jesus really shows us that He is God in the flesh. Jesus put His finger into the deaf man's ears and spat on and touched the mute's tongue.
Our hope is that our eyes will be opened to the Word of God and our tongues sing His praises always.
"He has done all things well....."