Sunday 25 August 2019
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Isaiah 66:18-21. Psalm 116(117). Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13. Luke 13:22-30.
Go out to all the world and tell the Good News – Psalm 116(117).
‘People from east and west, north and south, will come to take their place at the feast in the kingdom.’
Today’s readings call us out of our spiritual lethargy. They remind us that to follow Jesus means more than being a Christian in name only. We are warned against complacency.
The prophet Isaiah tells us that God will come to gather all peoples. We do not have any prior claim just because we say we belong to Christ’s church. Belonging calls for commitment to Jesus and involvement in his mission. However, before we can go out to preach the Good News we must have received it into our own hearts. Mere listening to the message is not enough: our hearts need to be touched and our lives affected.
Lord, help us to be responsive to this call. Open our ears to receive the Good News that you offer us afresh each day, and open our eyes to your presence. Give me an attentive heart.