Reflection for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time… February 17, 2019by Kris Lanik, Notre Dame Associate
Today’s readings speak of hope. “Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1817).”
In many ways this is the definition of a life of a hope filled disciple. It is relying on God to provide for our daily needs and focusing on our eternal reward. Only God will fulfill our desire for true happiness and will give meaning to our lives right now.
Jeremiah tells of the difference between the person who puts his trust in others rather than the Lord. The responsorial psalm is "Blessed are they who hope in the Lord." In the Second Reading, St. Paul teaches us that belief in Christ's resurrection will lead to our eternal happiness with those who have hoped in the Lord and have passed from this world to the next.
The Gospel reading from Luke describes the rich life that is available for those of us who are willing to live as Jesus' hope-filled disciples. We are all familiar with the passage of Jesus proclaiming the Beatitudes. Jesus is describing a life where our trust is rooted in God. We are called to be disciples who are focused on others and eternity. It is not always an easy life, but it is a truly meaningful life and one that leads to eternal reward.