Saturday, October 08, 2011

Choose God's kingdom

28th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle A

With the promises written in Isaiah, what more can we ask for from the Lord?  Abundance of food, happiness, and life eternal - must we let these all pass in lieu of fleeting wealth and happiness?

But truthfully, why does mankind let these all pass?  He lets these all pass because he is concerned only with his own food, happiness, and life.  But man's kingdom is nothing as compared with the kingdom of God.  And if we are not aware of these, chances are that we contribute not fullness but hunger, not happiness but tears, and not life but death.

Submit to God as early as today, for the message of the gospel is not for those who have died; rather, it is addressed to us who are exposed to the dying and suffering world - to work so that all may receive food and dignity, fullness and not emptiness; and life eternal, not death.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Restoring things in their proper state

27th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle A

Isaiah's text is filled with mystery; his book reveals the destruction of Israel, but he also gives the promise of salvation not only to Israel but to the rest of the world.

When things don't happen as we plan them to be, we always ask, "What happened?"  We take time to analyze so we may learn from the error we have committed.

In Isaiah, God also evaluates, "Why isn't mankind reaping sweet fruits?"  It is time for us to analyze how we can cause God's work to remain fruitless as we see sufferings around us.

In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus also gives a parable of the useless servants.  Probably we can also see someone like that in ourselves.  The degree of violence just gets worse.  The final act of violence is murder not only with mankind but with God's own Son.

God is fully in control.  He will restore things to their proper state.  But he will use people whom He can trust.  Pray that we may be one of them.