They will come from east and west and recline at the table in the kingdom of God.— Luke 13:22-30
VATICAN CITY STATE (CR News) — Flash! Flash! The Church this Sunday is calling on faithful people around the world to be united in purpose. The Pope sent a message to the world encouraging believers everywhere to fall in love with what God commands and to desire everything that He promises.
Our Story …
The nuns are at it again! Sr. Solice enters the room just in time to witness Sr. Albertina and Sr. Grace arm wrestling. It doesn’t look like a friendly match either!
Sr. Solice immediately confronts them. “What are you doing? Why are you fighting like this? We are supposed to be united!”
But as usual, Sr. Albertina has an answer. “We’re uniting. We’re practicing becoming one like the mass said.”
Of course, Sr. Solice was incredulous. She couldn’t believe that this was oneness. It more nearly resembled mortal combat in the convent. That’s when Sr. Albertina shared the rest of the story with Sr. Solice.
“Becoming one is not easy,” she said. “It requires time and great effort. We are unique, and our desire is to be individuals — not one of many!”
Sr. Solice considered what Sr. Albertina was saying.
“It doesn’t happen over night,” Sr. Albertina continued. “Becoming one is a process. It can take a lifetime to complete.”
And that’s when Sr. Grace chimed in too. “We have to begin now and never quit, but we cannot expect to arrive at our destination without a struggle. Oneness with each other in Christ is the work of a lifetime!”
“Well,” Sr. Solice said, “I just wish the two of you could struggle in more peaceful and amiable ways.”
“We’ll pray about that, sister,” Sr. Albertina promised.
It Is Written …
The readings from the Old Testament this week (Sunday, August 21st) inform us that God is “rounding up” His scattered people. The focal verse says: “They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations (Isa 66-18-21).
The New Testament reading reveals that, at the same time, God is preparing His people to receive the great treasures He has in store for us. It says: “Those whom the Lord loves, he disciplines (Heb 12:5-7, 11-13).
The secret to the meaning of this message can be found in the opening prayer, which is called the Collect. The Collect unlocks the mysterious message behind this week’s mass.
In today’s Collect, the priest petitions the Lord to open the minds of the faithful enabling us to unite around a single purpose. He asks God to grant us a spirit that loves whatever He commands and desires whatever He promises. And the priest acknowledges that, because we live in such an uncertain world, his request makes it a challenge for God to respond.
But we know from years of faith that we serve a good and great God. He who created all things and knows all things is able to do all things.
Life Goes On
That’s Porch Story for this week. And that’s our summary from the Bible for this week’s mass too. Get the rest of the story by attending mass this Sunday. And of course, share in the great gift Christ gave us in the Holy Eucharist.
He is still with us today, just as He promised (Mt 28:20). He is with us in flesh and blood (Jn 6:53). You don’t have to understand it. You just have to decide whether you are going to believe what Jesus said — or not.
It’s cool to be part of God’s family—a child of God! COOL2B!
That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it!