In some ways we might feel like ‘a little flock’ prone to fear and worry as mentioned on the 19th Sunday Year Ordinary Time in Year C. We recognize that as a Congregation,“We are challenged by age, loss, diminishment and geographical distance. Our place in society has changed. Our ministries are in greater collaboration with others and our influence is increasingly one of presence.” (2016 Brigidine Congregational Forum)
The Gospel from Luke 12:32 ff invites us to place our trust in God and be ready for action even as things change and may often seem uncertain.
Even though there are millions of people living in slavery today, the imagery of slavery in this Gospel reading (eg the relationship between slave and master from another age) is used to remind us that Jesus came to serve rather than to be served and we too are called to this way of life wherever we are today.
As we place our trust in the unfolding of God’s Divine Energy in the coming week, may we “look with eyes that recognize fresh possibilities and respond with compassion and courage.” (ibid)
The following reflection first appeared on https://www.mercyworld.org/ .It is offered here for your prayer and reflection.
In the coming week let us pray for one another that we will indeed continue on in trust with our lamps lit and ready for whatever action we can take to make our homes, our communities and societies as well as our planet are places where God’s love may shine through fear and mistrust.