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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time ~

The Lord gathers all people to Himself

HOPE is the central theme in both the first Reading and Gospel. The suffering community (Isaiah) are assured that God will fulfill his promises, and that salvation is extended to all nations of the earth. The teaching in Luke’s gospel also tells of the universal nature of God’s love. The Letter to the Hebrews encourages perseverance.
Jesus was sent by God with the message of love and forgiveness. The mission and work of the Church is to reconcile people to God and to one another, through ongoing conversion, forgiveness and healing. The role of the Church from the beginning until now is to “go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” No-one is excluded from experiencing the love God offers to people.

Jesus might say something like this to us, “I want everyone to sit at the banquet table in heaven, but you need to understand that it takes personal effort, and involves your personal relationship with God.” After making a commitment to Jesus, each of us make our response and act on it.

Do we make the most of opportunities given to us to enhance the relationship we have with God through our prayer, service and the way we live our lives?    Do we encourage one another in our common efforts to be faithful to the responsibility of sharing the Good News?

The message for each of us today is one of HOPE, and to be faithful to God, even in times of discouragement and suffering. With faith and trust, we keep going, knowing that God is there to help us.

We pray to the Loving God …
Give us wisdom to discover You, intelligence to understand You,
diligence to seek after You, patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
Amen.
(from the Prayer of St Benedict, To Seek and Find God)

God bless you all,
Joan Carroll