Reflection: Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Tuesday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Wis.18:6-9; Ps.32; 2nd Reading – Heb.11:1-2,8-19; Gospel – Lk.12:32-48]

“…BY FAITH…”

Jesus wants to reassure his disciples by affectionately calling them “little flock” and putting their minds at ease by telling them that the Father is ready to give them the kingdom of heaven. How wonderful it is to know about the kindness of the Father who is “pleased” to share his love and his kingdom with his disciples. Yes, the Father is ready to share his kingdom with everyone. However, not “everyone” is ready to accept the Father’s invitation. Although it is an open invitation, the kingdom will only be given to those who make themselves disciples of Christ. That is, “only” those who are ready to listen to Him and follow Him, through Jesus, benefit from this offer. In other words, the “kingdom” will be given to those who “believe”. And the Father will be pleased to share his kingdom with someone who believes.

Experience has shown that Life has always been, and will continue to be an interrelationship between giving and receiving. One cannot only give or only receive. Life is a harmonious amalgamation of giving and receiving. In every relationship there is always this interchange of giving and receiving. It is the same with God. God is ready to give the kingdom. On the other hand his relationship with his “little flock” demands faith. The disciple of Jesus has to believe. It is the disciple’s own faith that gives rise to the relationship with God. Once this relationship, based on faith and love is established, it becomes a mutual exchange of love, faith and trust. Although God started this relationship first by showing love to the human race, the disciple continues in this relationship by showing faith in God. God gives love and trust (faith) to his disciple [God believes that the disciple is worthy to receive God’s love] and the disciple gives faith and love to God [the disciple loves God or else he would not be ready to believe in Him]. Once this relationship starts and subsists, it will continue to generate love and faith/trust…

With this in mind, one can understand the end lines of the gospel: “When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.” The disciple who lives through faith in God knows that all he has was given to him by God Himself. The true disciple knows that God’s gifts ‘demand’ to be taken care of and once God’s gifts are taken care of, these will render other gifts… Furthermore, the same true disciple knows that God not only gives whatever the disciple needs, but he also knows that God shows His trust to those who are trustworthy. The ‘trust’ that God places has to be reflected by the disciple trusting themselves completely in the hands of God. Does our own relationship with God reflect this trust? It all depends on our faith and how deep we want our relationship with God to be.

“Lord, we say that we believe. Give us faith so big that we learn to truly let ourselves go completely into your hands to be able to create and cherish a true relationship with you. Thank you Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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