October 16, 2015
(St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)
A worker’s wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due. But when one does not work, yet believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness. Rom_4:1-8
Jesus said, “do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.” Lk_12:1-7
The readings today touch on something very deep about humanity and about God. And St. Paul comes the closest to illustrating the dichotomy, the contrast, not only between God and us, but even within our own natures, when he spoke of the credit given for work versus faith.
In our world, if I wanted to find a job, I would have to prepare a document that would give examples of all the wonderful things that I’ve done in my life – my work experience.
According to Jesus’ description of the Pharisees, I would have to use a lot of leaven, to blow that picture up, in order to catch the attention of prospective employers. It’s a very tricky business in a society that has more people needing jobs than there are jobs to offer. And I learn through experience that those potential employers won’t even touch me, if I’ve either added too much leaven, or if there’s not enough.
You see, there may be a whole world of opportunity out there, but it’s purely based on what we’ve done or not done, and how we present it.
And yet, within ourselves, we can be totally convinced, that we would be the perfect employee, the greatest contributor, and the hardest worker at a particular job, IF we were just given – the chance. But it’s tough luck, if we can’t even get the interview.
ON THE OTHER HAND . . .
Paul and Jesus are telling us that this is NOT how God works. As a matter of fact, it’s just the opposite. God is not interested in the resume. God is not interested in the past. And God is not interested in the show!
Instead, God is looking at our hearts. If we feel, that if there’s some kind of work that we can do, God will say, “Go for it,” just based on our faith. If we feel, that there was something on that resume that God may not like, God will say, “Forget it. It’s in the past. And it’s forgiven” And if we feel – that we’re just not worthy of God, or that we’re afraid of what the world might do to us if we stand up for what we believe, God will tell us that, “We are the most beloved creatures, that He’s ever created. And He’ll tell us, “that He’s got our back”
And out of that acceptance, and out of that forgiveness, and out of that support, we WILL do – whatever work it takes to show our Love for Him and for all of our brothers and sisters in this material world!
Now, wouldn’t it be wonderful if that’s how the world operated as well.
Today, Jesus is telling us,
“Go for it!”
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