September 20, 2019
(Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs)
St. Paul wrote, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1_Tm_6:2c-12
Accompanying Jesus were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources. Lk_8:1-3
St. Paul made one little statement to Timothy that is the key to absolutely everything else in Faith and in life. He said, “Lay hold of eternal life.” If we do not hold onto this immortal Truth, beloved, then everything else in life is just a bunch of nothingness.
But if we DO hold onto the belief of eternal life, then we have reason to believe in God, we have reason to follow God’s laws, we have reason to respect the lives of every other person alive, and we have a true handle on morality and immorality. Everything either makes perfect sense or is total nonsense.
In our world of relativism, where the eternal moral compass has been smashed, where the words “do this” and “don’t do that” are politically incorrect, we can see, all the more, our need for order. We can see, all the more, our need for God. We can see the goodness in our differences, and not insist on being the same as everyone else, just because we are not.
Girls will be girls and boys will be boys – because that is how God created us! St. Luke makes precisely this point in today’s little segment of His Gospel.
In the time of Jesus there were observers, there were antagonists, there were disciples, there were apostles, and there were supporters. And save for Jesus’ ‘special-12,’ there were men and women serving in all of those roles.
But Luke makes a special point of recognizing some of the women. Women who didn’t complain about not being in ‘the 12.’ But women who quietly did their own service to the utmost of their abilities.
Today we can look back at scores and hundreds, if not thousands of women who excelled in their service to God and their fellow man (and woman). They are our saintly heroines of eternity. And because we have eternity to look forward to, they are models for us to emulate in our love for Jesus and for one another, as well.
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