Reflection on Today’s Daily Readings by Fr. Bertrand Buby, SM
October 15th. Lectionary 471:
Scripture: Ephesians 1:11-14. Psalm 33:1-2,4-5,12-13. Luke 12:1-7.
In our Gospel for today we have a new part of the journey before us. The
confrontation with the leaders and lawyers about religious rules and
rituals is left aside and we join the crowds who are enthralled by Jesus’
teaching and healing on the way up to Jerusalem. We press on toward
touching Jesus and learn more about the cost of discipleship.
His words are telling us not to be afraid. He is encouraging us to join in
the journey of his life that leads us to Jerusalem, the holy city of God.
We begin to feel not only the presence of Jesus but also that of the Father
who has given us Jesus in total selfless love. Therefore, we should not be
afraid. God the Father is our loving creator, Jesus is the way, the truth,
and the life. The Holy Spirit is the love and courageous living that we are
able to take on because of the presence of that Holy Spirit. God’s
providential love gives us the desire to continue on the journey with our
Lord. We are will to undergo all that he will experience in his suffering,
death, and resurrection.
Paul leads us into a more profound realization of the mystery of union with
Christ as he continues his inspired writing to the Ephesians. We are God’s
chosen ones in Christ and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. We then take
up the singing of the Psalm and especially the theme of the chanting :
“Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.” (Psalm 33, verse 12).