Reflection for the Nineteenth Sunday, in Ordinary Time…August 12th, 2018 - Mary Toline, Notre Dame Associate
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians, “Brother and sisters: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, a reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.”
As you read this letter, and as you hear the news or read the newspapers, all you hear or see is violence, people being killed, people stealing, there is not love. It is more hatred showing up. All the addictions that are out there, alcohol, drugs, gambling, to name a few. This is so sad for the person and their families. We try to pray for them but one persons’ prayers are not enough.
Lately there is so much fraud out there, that you even hate to answer the phone.
I was raised to obey the rules of the Church, family, the law and government. We were told to go to school and get an education or just work a job. But today nobody wants to work and so they don’t. They get into gangs, think of ways to cheat people, and if they don’t follow they are killed or someone from their family. This is a hard world to live in and we all need to pray more and imitate Christ like behavior. If we are truly sorry for our past mistakes, and we can forgive others we will be forgiven in Christ.