Fr Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, 28th Week in Ordinary Time, October 12, 2022
Luke 11:42-46 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/101222.cfm
Please open your Scriptures and read these verses prayerfully.
One little decision can determine our destiny.
"Woe to you, Pharisees!"
A driver who is intoxicated from alcohol or narcotics before driving can bring great harm to themselves and others. "No harm will come to me." This line of thinking can be deadly. So how does a person reach the point where they believe their actions carry no consequences?
Little decisions we make every day can become big decisions. When repeated, these choices determine the direction of our lives. They decide the kind of person we become. Our relationships grow or suffer as a result of our everyday decisions.
‘According to "our" rules, if we do everything right, we will be better than anyone else.’ In today’s gospel, the Pharisees and scholars of the law made those kinds of decisions about their relationship with God. But, unfortunately, they forgot that God saw them too.
THE GOSPEL CHALLENGE: Think about the decisions you have made concerning your relationship first with God. Are they based on how you feel and what you think is right? Many people have decided they can get along without receiving Jesus worthy in Holy Communion every weekend. That’s a big decision that determines our eternal destiny. (Please see the third Commandment.)
This decision affects them but also their children and the generations that follow. Jesus used the word "Woe." It was a warning, a plea to reconsider who is more important in life and whose authority we are following. Our gospel challenge is to pray and share with someone, "Why do we or don’t we keep holy the Lord’s Day?"
IGNITE THE FIRE.
God bless you, my friends.
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.