Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
Will We Be Ready To Account for Ourselves?
Did you read today’s Scriptures? Did they leave you wondering “What was that all about?” ?
Paul is summing up his letter to the Communities of Faith in Rome, the heart of the Roman Empire. He has already affirmed their faith and their goodness. He has also acknowledged that he, himself, has been a serious sinner ‒ who violently opposed the faith he now promotes. Now he wants them to admonish one another. Why?
Paul knows that they are not yet perfect. Who is? So he encourages them (and us) to support and challenge each other in order to deepen and strengthen their faith. No disciple of Jesus should be a lone ranger!
And Jesus! In the Gospel! Is he telling us to do something illegal and morally wrong?
No. But he is suggesting that we take a cue from what the unbelievers do and take action to prepare ourselves for our future accounting ‒ to God and to God’s people. How might we do that? By being generous with the gifts that God has given us.
The Divine gifts of faith, of hope, and of love ‒ which give us life ‒ are not given to us just for our selfish benefit. Just as Paul has been driven by his faith to pass it on to others who never have been told of [Christ], God intends that WE, communally and individually, generously share with others for their benefit all that God has given us.
Then we will be prepared when the master, God, asks for our accounting of ourselves…
Fr. John M. Lee, C.P., is Retreat Director of Bishop Molloy Retreat House, “The Passionist Spiritual Center in New York City”, www.bishopmolloy.org