TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
First Reading: Isaiah 66: 18-21
18 Thus says the LORD: I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory.
The Lord has indeed gathered us all, from different cultures, languages, and nations. We in the Catholic Church are privileged to be called by the Good Lord. The Lord knows each one of us by name, he knows our thoughts and our deeds.
In Jesus’ name. Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 117: 1, 2
1 Praise the LORD all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!
2 For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
Second Reading: Hebrews 12: 5-7, 11-13
11 At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.
These words hold true for us every time we need discipline! If we remember our childhood there would have been times when our parents corrected us and taught us certain values. We now hold those values in high regard and realize how important that discipline of years ago has helped us over the years! Similarly, God Our Father in his goodness blesses us in many ways and allows us to be disciplined in our trials. We learn fortitude, patience, generosity, and any such value as needed.
May we remember these facts and stand on the promises of Christ.
13 Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.
We may lack in a certain skill or attitude but by following the right and the tougher path we can be assured of God leading us today! So that by His Grace, in our weakness we may be made strong. (2Cor 12:9)
Gospel: Luke 13: 22-30
27 Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
The Lord knows our thoughts and our Deeds! How many times have we failed to execute our noble thoughts? Have we practiced what we like to preach? In our lifestyle and attitude towards others around us, have we modeled the principles we profess? Love God and Love thy neighbor these are above all other commandments said, Christ. (Mark 12:30-31)
May we have the courage to put our faith into practice in our daily lives.