Wow, what wonderfully rich scriptures we had last weekend! In the first reading from the prophet Ezekiel, the Lord makes it very, very clear that we are being held accountable for looking after our sisters and brothers and for guiding them away from evil and leading them to Christ (and/or back to Him). Strong words but effective, I’d say! In The second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Saint Paul sets forth the obligation of a true love that includes all of God’s people…ALL of them. He tells us that love is not just an emotion in which we may or may not participate
as we please. The Love he is talking about is not a love in which we choose our subjects according to how we judge their lovableness. No, we are bound to love each other without distinction of good, bad, or ugly. This kind of love reaches out to all women and men in God’s creation.
This kind of love enables us to have the courage to challenge our sisters and brothers when they “go astray.” Yes, our Gospel today tells us that we ARE responsible for their salvation. This kind of love is not easy, but it is true love. So, if today you hear God’s voice asking you to minister to someone who needs help, try to keep your heart from being hardened; gather together with two or three (or more) in Jesus’ name, for He, Himself will be in your midst. Enjoy these wonderful shortening days of summer and welcome autumn with praise and thanksgiving.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC