The encounter between Mary and Elizabeth reveals how God’s gift of joy surfaces in the presence of faith and fellowship. As we count our blessings today, may we express the Good News of the Lord’s love in our lives with those around us.
On this Feast of the Lateran Basilica – the Cathedral of Rome – we look to St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians for inspiration. As we honor the building that signifies the universal Church, we reaffirm our daily commitment to cleansing the temple of our hearts.
The Gospel of Luke reveals several insights regarding how we proclaim the Good News: we do it together; we go with the Christ’s blessing; we carry out the Lord’s task and let people make their own choice.
The people in the readings were tempted, even as they were striving to follow God. They show us that we need to be vigilant against temptation as we engage our faith in Christ with the support of one another.
The well known parable of the rich man and Lazarus offers a powerful reminder that we have been given what we need to know the Lord. May we draw up these great gifts: Church teaching, Scripture, Sacraments, Prayer, Fellowship, and the example of the Saints!
Jesus teaches in the Gospel today that all who do God’s will are part of his family. Through prayer, Scripture, sacraments and fellowship we become spiritually fruitful as we offer our lives to the Lord.