The Eucharist is something more than simply receiving Christ. It supposes that we satisfy his hunger.
Christ invites us, “Come to me.”
Christ hungers for souls.
Nowhere in the gospel has Christ ever uttered an expression of rejection. Rather, we always find an invitation: “Come to me.”
– taken from “Mother Teresa In Her Own Words” by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado
‘Let the nations rouse themselves, let them march
to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,
for I am going to sit in judgement there
on all the nations round.
Put the sickle in:
the harvest is ripe;
come and tread:
the winepress is full,
the vats are overflowing,
so great is their wickedness!’
Host on host
in the Valley of Decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
in the Valley of Decision!
Sun and moon grow dark,
the stars lose their brilliance.
The Lord roars from Zion,
makes his voice heard from Jerusalem;
heaven and earth tremble.
But the Lord will be a shelter for his people,
a stronghold for the sons of Israel.
‘You will learn then that I am the Lord your God,
dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem will be a holy place,
no alien will ever pass through it again.’
When that day comes,
the mountains will run with new wine
and the hills flow with milk,
and all the river beds of Judah
will run with water.
A fountain will spring from the house of the Lord
to water the wadi of Acacias.
Egypt will become a desolation,
Edom a desert waste
on account of the violence done to the sons of Judah
whose innocent blood they shed in their country.
But Judah will be inhabited for ever,
Jerusalem from age to age.
‘I will avenge their blood and let none go unpunished’,
and the Lord shall make his home in Zion.
Now as Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said, ‘Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!’ But he replied, ‘Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!’
Is Jesus disavowing all knowledge of Mary in the Gospel? Rather, I believe that He was giving the highest praise due to all believers. Did not Mary obey and listen to God’s command? She submitted to the will of God throughout her life. Imagine the amount of sorrow that she felt when she witnessed the crucifixion. The immense sorrow that she felt was replaced by the unspeakable joy of the Resurrection and Pentecost when she saw God’s promise to her being fulfilled.
The Israelites in the first reading were comforted by prophet Joel’s words of consolation. God is a jealous God and He will not see his servants suffer. Whilst we imagine He abandons us in our times of loneliness, He actually is preparing a surprise for us. All we need to do is persevere and recognise that God will always be there for us, regardless of our sinfulness and weakness.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nick Chia)
Prayer: Mother Mary, allow us to imitate you and say,” Let it be done unto me according to thy word”.
Give thanks for those who persevere in faith despite setbacks and concerns.
Sun, Oct 14 – 2 Kings 5:17-17; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19; Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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