As we reflect on the person of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Matthew this weekend, we see that He preaches about God who is just and yet a God who allows those who choose evil ways to live among those who choose the right ways until the time of final judgment. Because of God’s unfathomable mercy, He allows those who choose the evil path plenty of time to repent and turn back. Realizing that each person has many weaknesses in life, the God of great mercy is waiting for each one of us with a gracious, kind, and understanding heart. Therefore, we may ask, where do we acquire the power to change our lives, whether in small or bigger ways? The answer is the HOLY SPIRIT who aids us in our weakness, especially when we are challenged to choose God over the powers of the societal world that call us to turn from Him. God is patient, forgiving, and always a friend with a listening ear and gentle encouragement. God is indeed our strength and our help in times of difficulty as well as in times of great joy and celebration.
Perhaps we can take a moment this weekend to remember that Ordinary time is not really “ordinary.” The numbered weeks of the year show us the greatest person who ever walked this earth – Jesus Christ. These numbered weeks teach us to come to truly “know” well the person of Jesus, who, in turn, reveals His Father. For your own life, ask for an increase of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit who comes forth from the love of the Father and the Son. In the asking, you already receive that for which you ask. God will provide abundantly.
Sister Diane Marie Corrado, CSFN