TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

WordFromOurPastorMy sisters and brothers in Christ,

Seek the Lord!From the very first reading today from the Prophet Isaiah, we are told to seek
God, to seek the Lord, to look for the divine. Most of us are fairly relaxed about seeking God and we get around to this religious work without much stress. That is probably good. The challenge for us is to realize how wonderful God is and how much God loves us.
Today’s Gospel from Saint Matthew is trying to tell about God’s love. He always wants us to turn to Him rightnow.
Now is the time of salvation. Always the reward is the same: complete love and acceptance and the forgiveness of our sins.

God wants to love us now! God wants to share His life with us now! This Gospel account wants us to understand that whenever we turn to God, God is there to receive us. God always loves us. Always. God is present with His love inviting every moment of our lives. We want to live in a way which responds to God’s love.

The Gospel is also a teaching against envy. We can surely understand that if we have been on the path of the Lord, we have given up various aspects of pleasure and delight that the world values. The present values of the world want us to think  that we should always seek our own good first, thatwe should have as much pleasure as possible, that we should strive to have money and power, and so on.
Honestly, of course, we can admire those who seem to have everything in this world. The real value, however, is in our hearts. If our hearts are not set on God and seeking God, then all else is vanity and emptiness.

This is the meaning of the second reading today, from the Letter to the Philippians: conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ. The heart of the New Testament however is not obligation but invitation. Jesus invites us to know the love of the Father.
Jesus invites to live in the joy of the Holy Spirit. Jesus invites to embrace the Cross, but only because we love Him, not because suffering is good of itself. If we are to love completely in this world, we will learn to embrace the Cross of Jesus.

We must be free of all envy. Others may have more that we do in this life, but our task is to have hearts that are rich in grace and love. Come, Lord Jesus!

Father Jesus