September 30, 2012
A great question to think about is...
Are you ready if necessary to give up what is dearest and nearest to our nature?
In the the first reading Moses has led the people out of the slavery in Egypt. It is becoming more and more difficult for Moses as the people complain and turn away from God and so Moses calls out to God.
God speaks to Moses and instructs him to select 70 to help him. God sends His Spirit upon them.
For sure, the leaders of the Church. But who else?
At our Baptism you and I were anointed with chrism to be prophet, priest, and king. You and I are to make God present in the world by the way we live our lives. We are chosen to do this by our love for the other, even the enemy, by our patience, by our compassion, and all the other traits that Christ made present in our world.
For sure at times that is difficult. When we make this discovery of how difficult it is for us at times, that is when we need to pray to be able to convert a little and have mercy on the other, even the one who is difficult and so seemingly misled.
In the Gospel, Jesus speaks to his disciples and tells them they are not to lead the "little ones" into sin. The "little ones", are the people that we struggle with. Our baptismal anointing calls us to go out of our way to lead them to God. This is done more by our actions than by our words. In fact Jesus says that if things get in the way of doing this, we should get rid of them.
When we discover that in a particular situation that our mind set is that of the world, "Me first", we need to really pray for ourselves that God will convert us and help us fulfill what our anointing as prophet at Baptism is all about.
In the part of the letter we hear today, St. James warns that some in the community are turning to the ways of the world. He tells them that that is not why God called them. That same message is for us. In today's life it is so easy to want all the comforts and wealth that is all around us, telling us that this is eternal life right now. As it was to that primitive Christian community that St. James was addressing, so it is also true at moments for each of us, we listen and follow the ways of the world.
These Sunday readings can be of great help to discover spiritually who we are.
Do we really trust God in all situations?
What roll does my desire for possessions and money come before God.
Am I willing to look at ...
Am I ready, if necessary to give up what is dearest and nearest to my nature?
My ideas, my solutions, my lifestyle, my way of doing things, etc.
Don't get discouraged when you see things in yourself that you don't like.
God is total mercy and has called you.
Part of the gift God gives us is to see ourselves as we are, so that we, like each of the Apostles, pray for mercy and forgiveness and grow spiritually
Go for it Holy Prophet