First Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 117:1-2
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Each of today’s readings speak to being persons of discipline and perseverance in some of the hardest situations.
The prophet Isaiah wants the people to know that God is calling each person to be the very best they can be. The writer of Hebrews speaks to the fact that we must be open to being corrected, for that will help us be the best we can be. It often takes the help of others to see things that we may not see alone.
In trying to be our best person the gospel speaks of not trying to use the easiest way out but to be disciplined enough to do that which will make us better and stronger in mind, body, and spirit. What we strive to do may seem difficult or even ludicrous to others, but our focus must be clear and moving in the direction of that which is good and loving for ourselves and others. It takes discipline of mind, body and spirit to love as God loves, but that is all that matters. In being our best selves we reflect that loving image of God to others and receive that love from the God in them.
Jesus, you tell us that the only sure way to eternal life is the desire to know you. Help us to go where you are sending us, wherever you take us. Give us the grace not to take your invitation for granted or seek an easy way. We trust in your keeping us on the path to life now and forever.
Rose Marie Weckenmann, OSF