The readings this Sunday all come with an edge to them, signifying that there’s a lot at stake in a life of faith. Take a look:
1st Reading – Jeremiah praises the Lord even as he recognizes the evil of others.
Psalm – “Lord, in your great love answer me.”
2nd Reading – Sin and death came through Adam; grace and peace come through Jesus Christ.
Gospel – The Lord will acknowledge those who acknowledge Him, and he will deny those who deny him.
These readings address the reality of sin and evil in our world. We know this reality through our experience, and whether through our own actions or the actions of others we recognize that the human heart has the capacity for sin.
Yet we also recognize that God’s grace is greater than the darkness. This is why Christ came into the world! Through the Lord’s cross and resurrection we have hope to call upon Heaven for the strength, courage and wisdom we need to face the challenges of life.
Have we sinned? Then we seek reconciliation and forgiveness. Have we been wounded by wickedness and evil? Then we call upon the Lord’s grace.
The triumph of Jesus Christ inspires us to follow the example of Jeremiah and Paul – acknowledging the Lord in this world so that we can be with Him in the next!
Our human lives are filled with contrasts: on one hand we are fragile “earthen vessels” that can crack and break; on the other hand, we have been given the treasure of Jesus Christ – who heals, saves and renews our lives.
Jesus tells the disciples that he has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. The Good News is that God is with us! Christ’s saving death and resurrection, followed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, means that we are not alone. May we turn to the Lord every day for the grace and strength we need.
The Lord describes us as Salt and Light, two things that while good in themselves are also precious when shared with others. With salt our food is tasty and preserved; with light we can see and find our way on the journey of life. May we share our lives with one another, giving glory to God for blessings we have received.