As we say in the Lord’s Prayer, “thy kingdom come.” God’s kingdom will become a reality not only because of our prayers but also because of our actions.
One day, all of us will stand before the Lord who will judge us according to how well we kept our commitments to him.
In this Sunday’s Second Reading, Saint Paul tells us how to avoid getting caught up in negativity and pessimism. He tells us to “have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” He tells us to pray.
Adolescent rebellion is not something exhibited only by teenagers or young adults. Nor is it something directed only against parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, and other authority figures.
God shows us undeserved, unearned mercy, for God wants everyone to have a place in the Kingdom of Heaven.
As Christians, we must see the connection between the way God treats us and the way we are to treat others.
As followers of Christ, we are to sound the alarm like Ezekiel. We are to confront those who sin, and like Jesus, we may have to turn over some tables. We need to remember that silence gives consent!
Romans 12:1-2, Paul warns us not to be misled by a society that teaches us to live only for the moment, “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Pictures created by little children are fascinating to look at because those images give us an insight into their perspective on the world. If we, as adults, drew a picture of God, perhaps it should show us giving praise to God as proclaimed in the words of Saint Paul, “How inscrutable are His judgments and how unsearchable His ways! To Him be glory forever. Amen.”
If Jesus had remained “religiously distant” from the Canaanite woman and from all Gentiles, the followers of Jesus might never have shared the Gospel beyond the Jewish nation. In that encounter, Jesus may have come to realize his ministry was meant for Jew and Gentile alike, it was for all people.
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