I’m sitting up in bed trying to prepare my busy little brain for mass tomorrow. I thought I’d share some of my own reflections on Sunday’s readings.
I was surely comforted by the prophet Isaiah’s words, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.” Much sadness has covered our community in these past couple of months – lots of sickness and death, job loss, abuse, tragedies and situations that make one want to ask, “Why?” Isaiah gives us much-needed hope.
It’s like that tapestry I was talking about the day before yesterday. God can see the finished product. We can often only see the tangled threads and knots. Because He can view all things – past, present and future, He knows what is in our eternal best interest. There’s a quote I like, “God doesn’t always give us what we want, but He always gives us what is necessary for our salvation.” His ways are far above our ways, and we must trust in Him.
The line that really stood out for me in the second reading from Paul to the Philippians was this, “ I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.” Sometimes, I really long to be with Christ as well. I’m not really afraid of death so much as I’m afraid of the nasty process of dying. But to be at the feet of Christ – to be touched by Him – that would truly be Heaven! Each day, we all take a step closer to that wonderful embrace!
Lastly, I find the gospel a bit humorous – bear with me a minute! It describes human weakness so well – the sense of justice we all long for deep inside! Of course the parable isn’t really about grapes and money. It’s about God’s mercy! It is true that some of us will try to serve God faithfully all our lives. Some will be moved to conversion at the very last moments of their lives. Should we begrudge our brothers and sisters salvation? Do we not also count on that same Mercy from Almighty God ourselves again and again when we sin?
I’ve heard a few accounts of people who have died and have had visions of heaven and hell. All accounts were in agreement that hell is a place so horrible that one would not even wish it on his/her worst enemy. Should we only be only concerned for our own souls and the souls of those we love? Should we not want salvation for all people? They are, after all, sons and daughters of God. We should rejoice each time a soul chooses Christ – whether it be as a small, wonder- filled child, or as a person on a deathbed!
Have a blessed Sunday!