In you, oh Lord, I have my peace!

 

Tuesday of the 31st Week

Ordinary Time

Romans 12: 5-16

Luke 14:15-24

 

When is the madness going to stop? We had another mass fatal shooting on Sunday, this time at a church in southern Texas involving 26 deaths, and many of them children. What is going on in our world? Have we lost our minds? Where is God in all of this? I am not the only one asking these questions; I hear these questions a lot.

 

I have no satisfactory answers to all of these questions. As I think about all of this the answers and are so complex, and the issues are many. However, we need a way forward, a way to move ahead and know that God is near? God’s word always speaks to us and maybe today’s readings can bring us to some understanding.

 

St. Paul says words of truth that we need to live in light of all these tragedies, “Though many we are all one in the Body of Christ.” He goes on to say, “We all have gifts that need to be shared and used to build up the Body of Christ. We are to let our love be sincere, and hate what is evil.”

 

In our Gospel, Jesus tells of a parable of a man who invites all his intended guests to dine with him, but none of them come, they all have excuses of why not to come. May we not be part of this group who fails to accept the invitation of Christ to live in faith?

 

Perhaps part of the answers comes in uniting our tears with their tears. We can make our tears a prayer and know that tears bring the presence of God close.

 

The Psalmist says it best, “In you, O Lord, I have my peace.” May we run to the Lord and know his comfort. The Eucharist is given to us to be one in Christ, may we live in such a way, and pray for our brothers and sisters who tragically lost their lives in at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

 

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