Living the Gospel – June 28, 2020

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You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation; announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1Pt 2:9

Jesus had a wonderful way to share his insights as we hear in today’s Gospel when he shared themes within Hebrew scripture that were already familiar to his apostles, such as the passage from Exodus that reads, “…the Lord spoke to Moses, saying; Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my special possession, dearer to me than all other people…you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.” Even today’s Gospel acclamation recalls this ancient promise.

Jesus reminded his apostles of this covenant and the sacrifices they may need to make in their ministries (MT 10: 37-42). The most challenging instructions were first on his list; the simplest ones are listed at the end, thank goodness. We all have different abilities and different opportunities. The common factor is that all are based upon love of God; neighbor, family, and all in need.

How does this Gospel reflect our lives today? For months we have been isolated from the sacraments and from our friends; we have been frustrated and worried about the future. But I would like us all to thank God for all that we have learned and all we have accomplished. Clearly, we have placed God’s instructions first – trusting, hoping, assuming new responsibilities, praying for each other: often humbly praying for ourselves. We have shared the burdens of the apostles and hopefully learned more compassion for the impoverished peoples of the world. Parents have struggled to teach their children and counseled and supported each other. Communities, agencies, and corporations have provided food for people in need. Some of us have borne painful losses graciously. And life continues…

Our God has strengthened us for times like these. Let us be grateful.

Dorothy Hathway Forbes, OCDS, CSJA