THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
First Reading: Wisdom 11: 22 – 12: 2
But you are merciful to all, for you can do all things, and you overlook people’s sins, so that they may repent. (23)
We must remember that God overlooks our sins, so that we may repent. Our free will must be exercised in faith to return to Him. He doesn’t overlook continuously, for the wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) Therefore, it is our responsibility to repent!
You spare all things, for they are yours, O Lord, you who love the living. (26)
We are the living, here and now and He loves us! – How powerful and amazing is our free gift! May we respect it!
For your immortal spirit is in all things. Therefore you correct little by little those who trespass, and you remind and warn them of the things through which they sin, so that they may be freed from wickedness and put their trust in you, O Lord. (Wis. 12:1-2)
Praise God if you are being corrected! That means you are a child of God! We must remain intimate with the Dear Holy Spirit who opens our minds!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 145: 1-2, 8-11, 13, 14
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. (10)
Do we truly thank the Lord (unlike the Pharisee in Luke 18: 9-14)?
Second Reading: Second Thessalonians 1: 11 – 2: 2
To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith. (11)
The saints and angels pray for us continually! Amen! Alleluia!
As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. (Vv.1-2)
Let us not deceive ourselves! We must read the Bible for ourselves, pick up the Holy Book and delve into the pages of wisdom. Gradually as we get closer to the Holy Spirit, He will reveal new insight into the divine words. Then, we will not be alarmed by what we hear in the secular world!
Gospel: Luke 19: 1-10
All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” (7)
Our Lord comes to be the guest at our table! How profoundly consoling and joyous these words sound! May we see and know him next to us at the table! –Remember, He doesn’t need another body to come to our table. – E.g.: The Road to Emmaus Story (Luke 24:13-35)! We will know Him by His presence! Amen!
Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” (9-10)
Once we know Him, we too are called to go out and seek the lost! He will save us and our brethren.
In Jesus’ Mighty and Matchless Name, Amen! Alleluia!