Sunday, August 21, 2016

Reflection: Luke 13:22-30

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Luke 13:22-30

The Gospel today begins with someone in the crowd asking Jesus if only select people will be saved.  In differing situations, we might hear conversations or homilies about being saved.  Ask yourself: do you worry about “being saved?” If so, what is the source of your anxiety? What does it stem from? Does it come from not being perfect? Or do you worry about some choices you made in the past that were not good for you or for the people you love?

As we all know, no human being is perfect, including each one of us.  The good news is that Jesus gives us many more chances than we deserve. Jesus is the most loving and forgiving person who ever walked on the face of this earth. He understands our humanity and frailty.  Jesus knows that at times we will hurt others, berate ourselves, make poor choices and we even may turn away from Him for a time. Yet, Jesus continues to love us!  He never stops inviting us to “come home.”

Jesus doesn’t expect us to be perfect; He simply wants us to come to him as we are. Do we trust Jesus’ love for us? Jesus is waiting for us! Will we open our hearts to Him today?  If we do so, we will receive a great gift!

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