Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus encourages us to prepare now in today’s Gospel. This is the time to get ready for whatever happens and wherever it takes place. Death can create fear for us, as do judgement and hell, but we were created for one last thing, heaven, to be with God.
Jesus, our high priest, “offered one sacrifice for sins/and he took his place forever at the right hand of God.” The author of Hebrews goes on to remind us that it is not our doings that bring about salvation. Instead, Jesus in his life, death and resurrection has overcome mortality and evil. He now offers his own light and life so that we may enter the joys of salvation.
If we focus on our own actions, we can be easily discouraged. It is only when we are untied with the sacrifice of Christ that we become perfected in his all-encompassing love. There is one thing asked of us in our spiritual life: our wholehearted ‘yes’ to being transformed by life in Christ. We are called to commit ourselves to following Christ on the journey of discipleship. The psalmist assures us in today’s psalm that when we do this, we have nothing to fear, for the Lord is our “inheritance.”
Please hold in your prayers the women of our parish who are on retreat this weekend at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len