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TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, OCTOBER 15, 2023






Reading 2


Brothers and sisters:

I know how to live in humble circumstances;

I know also how to live with abundance.

In every circumstance and in all things

I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,

of living in abundance and of being in need.

I can do all things in him who strengthens me.

Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.


My God will fully supply whatever you need,

in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.


REFLECTION

I can do all things in him who strengthens me.


Sometimes I am not sure where I am in relation to others. Why would I be depressed when I am happy with life, with family, spiritual growth and PAPA. Yes, I have rough patches like as do many. Yes, it would be nice to be young again. Yes, it would be nice to relive my life with experience in hand. We just keep going, saying "Je-sus", and doing what is needed and what should be done. Even in our most difficult moments, we are in the comfort of God whether our situation is good or bad. And this all brings joy to me.


At times I catch myself opting for the more sensible, more comfortable jobs, places, and associations with people who think as I do. Sometimes I cannot express in words what I feel inside. How does one explain peace and love without fumbling over words? As we age we realize that we are on the last train out, perhaps the caboose, and there is no other future to worry about but where will my last destination be?


Heaven awaits all of us. It is described as a royal banquet, with invitation after invitation to attend. Imagine God is preparing for us a feast of rich food, choice wines and juicy fattened calves. All tears will be removed from every face: even the destruction of death. Heaven is described using symbols from my ordinary life that I can relate to. And I will RSVP with a resounding "Yes" to His invitation: a time of joy, love and complete satisfaction.


I want to know God better, to fall more in love with Jesus and Mary and to always rely on the Holy Spirit to help me with critical thinking, judging situations and people and responding to the outside world. I am in a zone that I have never been in, wanting to know someone so badly that I look here and there realizing that His love for me is enveloping and He will never desert or abandon me if I do His will and obey His commandments. And it is in knowing Him that I realize His mighty Glory. And it is because of who He is, I find myself realizing that all I wanted or worked for is not necessary now.


No, I am not depressed but have found His peace and love. I no longer plan my future nor do I yearn for the days of old. I am aware that I am changing for Him and that is the only future that awaits me.


God Bless You.


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