Good News C31c
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 9:51-62 New American Bible
9:51-62 New International Version Bible Gateway
Apostles, James and John were upset because people in the village of Samaria were not very friendly towards Jesus. Jesus was going to Jerusalem
and the Samaritans were enemies of the people of Jerusalem.
These apostles asked if Jesus
wanted them to call down fire to destroy the people as Elijah
the prophet had done. Jesus scolded them.
olden days, when the king or queen got angry with someone, they chopped off
their heads. Just like King Herod
did John the Baptist. This was made
fun of in Alice
in Wonderland because the Queen was forever saying “Off with their heads.”
What do you think Jesus
would say to you if you said, “This man was not very friendly to me, Lord. Should I call down fire and destroy him?
I think Jesus
would tell you that you should help save the souls of these people, not destroy
them. When you are angry with someone,
it is difficult to think about saving his soul.
Thoughts going through your mind may want to destroy their bodies. You
might not ever do it, but the thought might cross your mind. You need God’s help. You need God to lead you
out of temptation and deliver you from those evil thoughts. If you can just
remember that if you want to destroy another person’s body, you are doing
damage to your soul, no matter where that person’s body goes.
A company that
makes flying discs has quality control.
Someone checks the product to make sure that there is nothing wrong with
it. God put St. Peter at
heaven’s gate to do Quality Control to make sure that only Quality Souls get
into heaven. Each soul must have gone through this special process called
Baptism of the water or Baptism of the Spirit. Each soul must have been
forgiven of all of their sins or they don’t get into heaven. When our souls are
pure, we light up like lightning bugs in the night. St. Peter just
has to put us into a booth, similar to a phone booth made of wood. He peeks
through a little hole. If you light up
the whole booth, then you get into heaven. Jesus
is our battery power to light up our souls. Because he died on the cross for
us, we can get into heaven. Because he died on the cross, God the Father
forgives us of all of our sins. Therefore, our souls light up the heavens. When
we get to heaven, our lights look like stars to the people on earth.
If someone in
your family has died, look up to heaven and say his or her name. A star will
twinkle telling you that your loved one is there in heaven waiting for you to
join them later.
another part to the Gospel today. That is if we are to follow Jesus, we need to do it NOW, not when it is convenient for us.
Sometimes you may say I will give
money to the church after I do this or before I do that. You are saying, “I
can’t do this for you, Lord. I’ve got
A professor told my college education class,
“If you are late with a project, don’t give me an excuse. There is no excuse
for being late.” That has stuck in my mind for 40 years or more.
God excuses. Just follow Jesus now and
you will light up the heavens with your goodness. Your reward is great. It’s a
wise choice full of everlasting joy. Go
for it, Right NOW.
the “Our Father” and thank God for helping you say NO to temptation and YES to
following in his path. Then your soul
will light up the heavens with goodness and mercy forever.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
will be done,
earth as it is in heaven.
us this day, our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y.