by Sister Donna Koch
As I pondered the Scriptures for this Sunday my mind kept going back to the recent encyclical of Pope Francis titled " Laudato Si." His words regarding the environment challenge all of us to make choices which will serve the needs of the poor and provide for the needs of future generations. So often we can get caught up in our own wants of the here and now and harden our hearts to what is the decision for the greater good. We may also feel that our actions can't make a difference so why bother.
The prophet Ezekiel in today's first reading is essentially told to go where the Spirit sends him, speak God's word, and not worry about what someone else thinks or does. Likewise, St. Paul is told that no matter what difficulties come his way, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."
Not everyone in today's Gospel agrees with Jesus. They question the source of His wisdom, His teachings and His deeds. Even He is amazed by their lack of faith, acceptance and understanding.
Each of us might ask: When have I experienced lack of acceptance and understanding? How did I respond? What choices is the Spirit calling me to make? How am I responding to the needs of others and creation so that future generations may live in a healthy environment?
All very thought provoking questions Sister! And how timely Ezekiel's words are for believers today, for the Catholic Church...I pray deeply that the priests and other leaders of the church encourage members to stand strong, as one blessed body, against the religious persecution facing us all in coming days.
Sr. Donna thank you so much for the thought provoking questions. They really made me stop and think about a lot things in my life.
Beautifully put, Sr. Donna. Amazing grace!
Thanks, Donna, for highlighting Jesus' challenges and for the ones you've offered the reader.
Being true to the spirit in hard times, so hard to know if we are listening to the real spirit.