November 14: Friday of Week 32 of Ordinary Time, Year A-II:
2John 1:4-9; Psalm 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18; Luke 17:26-37
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What is Jesus saying to us as stewards of his kingship?
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Believing Is Seeing
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law [of love]” (Psalm 119:18).
John says the greatest deceivers are “those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.” Bypassing the gnostic heresy John attacked, we can apply this to those who fail to see Jesus present, living and acting in the flesh of all the baptized, the members of his body on earth. Without denying, they ignore Saint Paul’s core message: “the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
Ignoring this mystery is the greatest obstacle to establishing the reign of God on earth.
If all Christians got up every morning to let Jesus work with them, in them and through them that day, we would soon transform human life on this planet.
If only all Christians treated every other as the living body of Jesus, it would radically diminish divisions, injustice, discrimination, exploitation and violence throughout the world.
Personal and family life, even when characterized by suffering, would be close to paradise. Work sites would be revitalizing. Politics would be peaceful and productive. If we only opened our eyes. If we only lived out the mystery we profess to believe: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
PRAY: “Lord, open my eyes to see you where you are.”
PRACTICE: Form the habit of saying the WIT prayer all day long:
“Lord, do this with me, do this in me, do this through me.”