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Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of the Year, October 23, 2018

Always lit your lamp of righteousness
We should pay special attention to today’s beautiful first reading. Paul speaks directly about the wall of separation between Jews and non-Jews, which Christ has destroyed. All are called to be one in him. In this mission month and week, we could ask ourselves how many are still outside God’s covenant, how many do not yet belong to the one single body of Christ.
In the Gospel Jesus exhorts his disciples to vigilance. They are like servants who should always be ready for the master’s call.

1 Reading Ephesians 2:12-22
Brothers and sisters:
You were at that time without Christ,
alienated from the community of Israel
and strangers to the covenants of promise,
without hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off
have become near by the Blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, he made both one
and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,
abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,
that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,
thus establishing peace,
and might reconcile both with God,
in one Body, through the cross,
putting that enmity to death by it.
He came and preached peace to you who were far off
and peace to those who were near,
for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm 85:9ab-10, 11-12, 13-14
R. (see 9) The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD–for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

Alleluia Luke 21:36
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Be vigilant at all times and pray
that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Luke 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”

The power of one! A single person has the power to impact the world for evil or for good. By the wrongful choice of one man, Adam, sin and death entered the world. By the perfect obedience of another man, Jesus, true righteousness and eternal life are gifted to the world. It is easier to get depressed when we are faced with so much evil and sinfulness in the world, but it helps to remember that each of us is gifted with the power to choose good over evil and thus, make a difference in the world. John F. Kennedy famously observed: “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” Indeed! Anyone who so tries is like the servant who keeps his lamp of faith and hope lit and keeps working until God, the Master, returns to claim the world for Himself. What reward awaits him! For, God Himself will seat him at the banquet table in heaven and feed him Himself!

We are “all members of the household of God,” says Ephesians, not only to Jewish and ex-pagan Christians, but to us all here, however different we may be in personality, origin, profession, whatever. We are all one in Christ. May we become more one with the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!


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