Romans 2:1-11; Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 9; Luke 11:42-46
The reading from Romans is pretty straight forward - reminding us that “you judge another-you condemn yourself”. We forget that we all have our unique lives to live with joys, struggles and our own perspectives. As Christians, we are called to help each other through prayer and through support not through putting another person down or rejecting others. When other people become bothersome or annoying the readings remind us to “take our attitudes” to God, praying for understanding, insight and acceptance of other people.
“Lord you give back to everyone according to his works.” This responsorial psalm made me wonder about “our works”. As I continued to read the simple message of “Putting God in the center of our lives” seems to be “our work”. No matter where I am in life, no matter what I am doing or who I am with or what I may be enjoying or struggling with, I “shall not be disturbed if I trust God at all times, pour out my heart to God” and faithfully believe and hope that God is with me in the storm and in the gentle sea.
The Gospel from Luke is a common message from the life of Jesus. Becoming too concerned about earthly comforts, prestige, wealth, success and power distracts us from remembering how important it is to see God in all things and to thank God for all of our earthly blessings. To see comforts, prestige, wealth, success and power as gifts given in order to improve the lives of others and to know and to love God through these blessings given to us. We are reminded about how important it is to take responsibility for the welfare of others, to lessen the burden of others, to lead, speak, and live as Jesus lead, spoke, and lived.
By M. Shadle-Cusic