13th Sunday in Ordinary Time . Year A
II Kings 4:8-11.14-16; Romans 6:3-4; 8-11; Matthew 10.37-42
When I was a kid, my Mom used to remind me that the first thing that I have to do as soon I rise in the morning is to “Pray” and thank “God” for all things he provides. This has been deeply rooted in my mind and heart that I never ever skip this short exercise I learnt from my Mom. Now I continue to do this exercise, but not as exercise but with a deep sense of gratitude to God I realize that everything that I have and I am is because of the Mighty work of God in my life.
The readings in today’s Mass are about what’s first in our lives, or what should be first, namely our relationship with God. Our relationship with God is the most important relationship we can have in our lives. Our relationship with God is the most important thing we can lose in our lives. God offers Himself to us, we respond. If we don’t respond, we’re telling God that His offer has no value for us and that His offer doesn’t mean anything to us. Whether or not our immortal souls live in eternal life in heaven depends on our relationship with God here on earth.
Our lives are filled with “busy-ness”; there are so many things we need to do and so many things we consider to be important; but what about God? Where is He in our lives? What sort of attention do we give to God? We need to ask that question from time to time and today’s readings challenge us to do just that not only today, or on Sundays, but each and every day of our lives.
There are two big points to draw from today’s readings; the first being the question of how important God is to us in our lives. The second has to do with God’s messengers.
God uses messengers, intermediaries, to relate to us. How important are they to us?
We live in a sort of “do it yourself” world. We like to take care of things all by ourselves. But we really can’t live that way, can we? We all need to depend on others in one way or another.
That’s true when it comes to the way God reaches us. The woman in the first reading paid a lot of attention to God’s messenger Elisha. As a result, God reached her and changed her life. Are we open to God’s messengers in our lives? God cares for you, He loves you, and He wants your attention and love. We all need to make more room for Him in our lives, our hearts, and our thoughts. If we don’t, our souls are in peril.
Summertime is upon us, a time when our busy-ness is not so demanding. It’s a time of recreation and a time during which we can be reflective. What about reading some good books, especially books and things to read that turn our thoughts toward God. What about some quiet time spent in reflection about God’s presence in our lives?
Pick up some spiritual reading now so you can have it over your summertime. Spend some thoughtful, quiet, and reflective time during which you can pay attention to God and what He has to say to you. Spend some time asking yourself what’s important in your life and how important God is to you in your life. After all, He made you to know Him, love Him and serve Him, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.
What, after all, is your life really all about?
Jesus’ precious words must resound in our ears today as he says, if you love your father, mother more than me, you are not worthy of me; if you love son or daughter more than me you are not worthy of me, if you do not carry your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of me; if you save your life you will lose it; and if you lose your life for my sake you will find it.
Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
Vancouver - Canada