'Lay hold of eternal life'...
Reflections on the readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 29, 2019): AM 6:1,4-7; PS 146:7,8-9,9-10; 1 TM 6:11-16; LK 16:19-31
MISSIO offers “Mission In Scripture” to nurture a missionary heart, providing reflections on the missionary themes in the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days
The liturgy for this Sunday reminds us of ways that we should or should not lead our lives.
The readings from Amos and Luke address the need for those who are wealthy and powerful to turn their resources into benefits for those in need. Almighty God wants us to share what we have with others in gratitude to Him who has given us everything. The Psalm tells us that our Lord blesses those who are faithful, charitable and just, and cares for those who are hurt, troubled, and in want. In the letter to Timothy, we are instructed how we should live if we consider ourselves true disciples of Jesus. “But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called” (1 Timothy 6:11-12).
Not only Timothy, but also every Christian is called to entrust himself or herself to our Lord and strive to grow in virtue. We also need to realize that growing in holiness is not strictly a personal matter. Our relationship with God affects our relationship with one another. As members of the Church, our attitudes, choices and actions are deeply influenced by our spiritual life. Our friendship with our Lord affects how we view the world and handle our responsibilities. If our essential focus is on eternal life with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we will live and treat those around us in a very different way than if we only want to satisfy our human desires. We can use each day to appreciate the blessings that God offers us and to seek the love, peace and joy He wants us to experience in His company right now – and in heaven forever.
Suggested missionary action: Let us make an effort to help anyone we know who is ill. We can offer them some practical physical comfort. We can also ask if we can pray with them, or even arrange for them to receive the Sacraments.