Today is the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The second reading today, speaks to us about those who are justified in the Lord will also be glorified in the Lord. We, Christians, have two great women in our Church (whose feasts were celebrated this past week) to look to, and to prove that this is a true statement. On Tuesday (July 22, 2014), we celebrated the feast of Mary Magdalene who was the first person Jesus appeared to after his Resurrection; and just yesterday, we celebrated another very special woman (St. Ann) who was the mother of Mary, the Blessed Mother; the grandmother of Jesus; and the patron Saint of At. Ann Church in our Notre Dame de la Mer Parish. What greater proof do we need of justification followed by glorification?
Now, let’s think about our own justification and glorification. We received the Sacrament of Baptism which began our spiritual journey – our entrance into the Body of Christ. Later, we received the Sacrament of Reconciliation which allowed us to maintain our justification in the eyes of God. This newly formed creature which we became, must live the faith by loving God above all others and everything else; and love our neighbor as ourselves. The next step on our journey was to receive the Living Bread (Holy Eucharist) which, if received regularly, would be our ticket to eternal life in the kingdom of God.
That now leads us to our gospel and a further description of those two great women in our spiritual lives. The kingdom of heaven is like a hidden treasure. Not all of us know the truth nor understand the hidden messages of our faith. The kingdom of heaven is also like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind. When it was full, they brought it to the shore, where they separated the good from the bad. The good were kept (just as the justified and glorified will be at the last judgment) and the bad were thrown away.
St. Paul tells us in the second reading from Romans that: “we know that all things work for good for those who love God, for those called according to his purpose.” John Henry Newman also wrote the following statement in his journal: “God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another…I shall be an angel of peace, a teacher of truth, if I but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling.
This letter began with two women, who, I believe, have through their lives of faith been truly justified and glorified; who have found their treasure in the field and lived it. Let’s take this opportunity to look to them for inspiration and guidance on our spiritual quest to finding the Lord.
Peace and all good,