Cycle C

Good News C31a

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 Luke 9:18-24 New American Bible

Luke 9:18-24 New International Version Bible Gateway

 

                   All of the prophets reminded people to start obeying God’s commandments. Why would people think that Jesus was John the Baptist or Elijah, the prophet? All the prophets warned the people to repent.  Elijah’s people were idolizing Baal. He warned them that droughts and/or death would prevail unless they repented. He had a contest with the believers in Baal. He told them to call on Baal to bring down fire to their sacrifice. The Baal believers tried for days and still Baal did not start a fire to answer their prayers. Elijah fixed wood and then called on God…Yahweh to send fire.  Immediately there was fire. When Elijah died God took him up to heaven in a fiery chariot so that his enemies could not get to him. The Old Testament says that before the end of the world another Elijah will come. 

John the Baptist told the people to repent. (Matthew 3) “Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” 

John the Baptist also said, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none. Whoever has food must do likewise.”

To Tax Collectors he said, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” John the Baptist even told the King Herod that he should start being faithful to his wife. That led him to be put in jail and later beheaded. When asked if he was the Messiah, John the Baptist said one greater than he was coming. The man he was referring to was Jesus Christ.

Later Jesus Christ reminded people to repent and obey The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17) NIV)

1.     I am the Lord, your God.  You shall not have false gods before thee.

     (Do not give honor, praise, and glory to any false gods. There is only one God, the God of Abraham and Moses)

2.     You shall not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.                     

           (Do not curse or swear using God’s name)

1.     You shall keep holy the Sabbath Day.                                                             

           (Go to Church on Sunday)

2.     You shall honor your Father and Mother.                                           

           (Obey your Mother and Father)

3.     You shall not kill.                                                                                         

           (Do not take someone’s life)

4.     You shall not commit adultery.                                                               

            (Do not take your neighbor’s wife)

5.     You shall not steal.                                                                                       

           (Do not take things that do not belong to you)

6.     You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.                             

            (Tell the truth; do not lie)

7.      You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.                                                

      (Do not desire strongly to have your neighbor’s wife.)

8.          You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.                                               

            (Do not desire strongly to have your neighbor’s goods.)

         

Then Jesus introduced The Greatest Commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Then he added: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

          Today then, Jesus is reminding us to review our lives. Take note of where we may have strayed from obeying his commandments. 

          Think about all the things you have done to share what you have with others. If your list doesn’t seem to be very long, perhaps you can add to it today. Clean out your closets of any clothes you haven’t worn in over a year.  Take out any shoes that hurt your feet. Look through your toys and see if there are any that you haven’t played with in a year. There are different places you can take these things to or call them and they will pick them up:

National Kidney Foundation, Goodwill, Catholic Social Services, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Homeless Shelter, etc.

          If you are handy with tools or are good at mowing lawns, sometimes a church knows of elderly people who are in need of someone to help them with small chores.

         Call up an old friend and tell them you have missed them. 

         Send a card to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, or neighbors and tell them you love them.

         Next time you have a cookie in your hand, break it in half and find someone to share it with.

         Remember what you do for someonelse, you do for Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It’s an awesome thought: When you accept others, you are accepting Jesus Christ.

         When you reject others, you are rejecting Jesus Christ. If the evil in a person is jumping out at you and you cannot see the Godly part of him, say a prayer. Ask God to show you how to see the goodness in this person.  Pray for this person.  If this person has done something you need to forgive them for, try to forgive them, as God, your heavenly Father, has forgiven you.  If you still cannot accept and forgive this person, continue to pray for them and ask God to send the Holy Spirit with understanding and compassion so that you may forgive.  

 

          Say the “Our Father” and thank God for helping you to be willing to share what you have with others. Thank God for keeping you on the path to heaven by helping you obey The Ten Commandments and the Greatest Commandments. Then when you get to heaven, God the Father will say:  This is my beloved son/daughter, in whom I am well pleased.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

              

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards