Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14

Highlight: "For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Reflection: To a lot of people, the life Christ calls us to might look bleak. He asks us to let go of our earthly possessions, put others first in everything, and embrace suffering. Meanwhile, what are we supposed to do with all these desires we have? Ignore them? Not quite. God gave us these desires. He doesn't intend for us to ignore them or suppress them, but rather to order them properly. He wants us to point those desires at the right goal - heaven. And that involves patience. Just look at how Jesus delivers the message in the gospel. First he talks about choosing the lowest place at the table, so that the host can later invite you up to a higher position. That reward follows the sacrifice pretty quickly, but the next example requires more patience. When you invite guests to a meal, don't invite those who can pay you back, because - and here's where Jesus spells it out plainly - your repayment will come in the next life. God gave us our desires for a reason. All we have to do is trust that if we listen to him, he will fulfill them beyond our wildest dreams.

Geeky Quote: "This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He ma have lost the neighbours' respect, but he gained - well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end." - The Hobbit

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me the patience to give up fleeting pleasure, so that I may enjoy everlasting happiness. Amen.

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