Scripture Reflection . . .
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Wisdom 18: 6-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33
Second Reading: Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19
Gospel: Luke 12:32-48
Today’s readings remind me of another scripture passage in which Jesus’ disciples ask him to give them more faith (Luke 17:5-7). He responds that faith the size of a mustard seed (among the smallest of seeds) is plenty. Clearly the amount of faith is not in question. Perhaps we are born with all the faith we need. All that is required is to nurture this seed so it can send roots deep into our being.
So, you’ve got faith!
What does it take to nurture the faith we’ve been given, the faith that is planted in our hearts?
There appears to be much mention of waiting in each of the Readings. We hear of people awaiting salvation and freedom from oppression (Wisdom 18). The Letter to the Hebrews recounts the faith of Abraham who did not live to see the fulfillment of the promise, yet he never stopped waiting and looking forward to the day. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of waiting in readiness for the master to return. Even Psalm 33 contains the words, “Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and our shield.”
Waiting implies believing that something is coming that is worth waiting for; “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
The gift is that we do know what we are waiting for: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom . . .” (Luke 12:32). If we keep our eyes on this treasure and this promise then faith can take strong hold within us, “For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be” (12:32-48).
In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . . .
During this time of the year, around the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6th, several Sisters recall the anniversary of their Final Vows whether it be 6, 26 or 30 years! What we said “Yes” to in that moment, is lived out, in faith, each day.
We are waiting in great anticipation for the arrival of 40 children this week as several Sisters and volunteers engaged in preparations for our annual Vacation Bible School. This will be a week of learning and proclaiming faith.
Our General Superior from Germany returned home after spending almost 2 weeks with us for a special meeting. Her faith and joy is truly an inspiration.
Several of the Sisters participated in a filming project for our ministries. There was much waiting in between the “scenes” and between “takes” and “retakes.” All of which provided us with time to reflect on the message, mission, and faith we are sharing. We also realized why we are not in Hollywood! But we had fun.
In Your Life . . .
You may wish to take time to reflect and journal about your faith journey. How has your faith deepened over the years? What experiences of waiting have helped deepen your faith?
Blessings on your week!