Friday, October 12, 2018
SATURDAY, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
October 13, 2018 – SATURDAY, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Gal 3: 22- 29 / Lk 11: 27- 28
FROM THE 1ST READING: Gal 3: 26- 29
Now, in Christ Jesus, all of you are sons and daughters of God through faith. All of you who were given to Christ through baptism have put on Christ. Here there is no longer any difference between Jew or Greek, or between slave and freed, or between man or woman; but all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Christ, you are Abraham's race and you are to inherit God's promise.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 11: 27- 28
As Jesus was speaking, a woman spoke from the crowd and said to him, "Blessed is the one who bore you and nursed you." Jesus replied, "Surely blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it well."
In today's first reading Paul tells us that by our baptism and by our faith all of us are "sons and daughters of God." Before God our Father, race, sexual orientation, social standing, nothing really matters because we are all his children; and all of us are called to his promise of eternal life.
Do we really see all our fellow baptized, whoever they may be, wherever they may be, as our brothers and sisters in God? And if so, are we ready to love and serve them as such? Are we ready to work for and with them in our common goal of reaching God in his heavenly kingdom?
In today's Gospel reading a woman called out to Jesus praising his mother for bearing and raising up one such as Jesus. In reply, Jesus calls blessed "those who hear the word of God and keep it well."
For Jesus family ties are certainly important: he loved his mother dearly. But he clarifies that true happiness and blessedness are found in our relationship with God, in being able to listen to and hear his word and to keep it, to act according to what God tells us.
If we are true children of the heavenly Father, we will love our Father and be obedient to his wishes for us.
We ask for God's help. We turn to our Mother Mary as the perfect example of doing God's will.
Have a good day!
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