4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2010
Jeremiah 1:4-5; 17-19 – 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13 – Luke 4:21-30
Each of the readings given for today are sufficient for several reflections. I will just share a thought that comes from Jeremiah and 1 Corinthians.
Jeremiah 1:4-5: How amazing it is to think that BEFORE I was born, before even my parents knew each other, God KNEW ME! And not only did God know me but God consecrated me. And the consequences of that are that God loves me, no matter how I think I am in the sight of God.
1 Cor 13:4 and 6: Replace the word ‘love’ with ‘God’ and how does it read: God is patient, God is kind … God does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth – or as Jesus put it to the woman accused of adultery: Woman, neither do I condemn you, go, and do not sin again. God always loves the sinner but never the sin.
So God has chosen and consecrated me; and even if I have sinned God will not give up on me. He is patient, kind and will always welcome me back.
God only sees the possibilities for good in me. Shortly before his death one old SMA missionary put it beautifully: God has confidence in me.
May you may feel the loving presence of God within you.
No matter what troubles you may have at this time
may God’s loving embrace give you warmth and strength.
May you have that same confidence that God has in you.