Sunday, June 28, 2020 – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1st Reading 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a
Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19
2nd Reading Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Gospel Matthew 10:37-42
All things in Christ
Have you heard the term “the new normal”? these days it’s been bantered around because of the various opinions, actions, and realities brought about by the Corona virus. I would say that everyone has been affected in some way, and not always for the better. Like riding a ship on the sea, one must get his/her “sea legs” to ride the waves. Will it ever be the same, I doubt it. So, we adapt, and we turn or return to God for insight, compassion, and strength.
Today’s readings have to do with faith, amid loss. These days are like a long Lent, waiting “it” to be over, but Lent helps us to focus for those forty days on Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for our salvation. There is the hope and reality of something more to come. As we walk this earthly road, we need to keep in mind that we’re not alone with whatever cross or suffering we experience. Nor is it all worthless.
Whether is a blessing to a childless couple for their hospitality, the promise of new life in the face of death, or reward for a cold cup of water, we have the assurance that God knows and loves us. The song says “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me.”
Yes, the new normal gives us a new perspective, but in Christ all things are possible. Keep hope alive!