Commentary on the Gospel of
My sense is that many people are deep-rooted in their opinions. It was interesting listening in on conversations during the afternoon before the first presidential debate, here in the U.S. I heard many talk about how they did not want to watch the debate because it would only bother them. I heard this numerous times from supporters of both of the major candidates. I would like to say that I was not part of this group, but unfortunately I felt much the same way. It is hard to move forward when we are embedded where we are. In many contexts I recognize that I am one of those with the hardened heart mentioned in the Gospel Acclamation. I have a comfortable life and too often I am content ignoring the potential for change. Given Jesus’ statements in today’s Gospel, He was not going to let his audience be passively comfortable.
Jonah gave the people a message with a path to deliverance. This was a path that was based on adherence to rules. Jesus provides a new path to deliverance. Elsewhere He describes this as a path that goes beyond rules. This is a path that is not constrained by the law; rather, this is a path looking for the ways in which we can be of service. The great challenge that Jesus gives to us is a call to a willingness to love. We are asked to be caring and understanding. (I admit that I find it easier to view a number of people as difficult rather than lovable.) I believe that we have a God who is active in this world. I pray today for the attentiveness to be aware of God’s presence and for the openness to participate in God’s new creation.
I thank You for all that You oversee.
I am grateful for the role (that You share with us) in taking this creation to the next level.
I ask for Your assistance in being a partner in this project.
I ask for Your grace to listen even when it may not be what I want to hear.
I ask for Your help with patience where patience is needed.
I ask for Your call to action where action is needed.
In my moments of discontent and weakness, please help me to stay faithful.