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The Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: A Word about the Word

Updated: Sep 8, 2022

This week’s readings are rich with meaning and they are also deeply personal. In the first reading from the book of Wisdom, we are asked who can comprehend the ways of the Lord. His ways are far above our own. We may study philosophy, theology, and history and learn many wise things about God, but it isn’t until we have a real relationship with God that we begin to truly see His ways. We need to enter into the beauty of His majesty and mystery and not try to solve things that are beyond our comprehension. Rather we should embrace them and learn the deeper secrets from God, to just rest in the security of God. It becomes an issue of trust. Do we trust God? Do we trust the one who made us? In our 2nd reading, St. Paul writes a very personal letter to Philemon and asks for a favor. He asks him to forgive a runaway slave named Onesimus. St. Paul reminds all of us to forgive one another and to remember that Jesus has forgiven us for the many sinful things we have done. Finally, our Lord brings it home in the Gospel by reminding us to let go of all our possessions, especially those that may possess us. We need to give everything to God and remember that He is the one who gave it to us. Material things all pass away. The only thing that truly matters is to follow the ways of God that lead to eternal life. It is not easy to do as we get so caught up in the cares of this world that we forget about the one who created the world. We need to focus on Heavenly things and take care of our souls first. We must learn to forgive others and to put our trust in Christ Jesus. So, this week think about someone who you may have something against and simply say you’re sorry. Give thanks to God almighty for all He has done for you and soon you will have an attitude of gratitude and will truly be walking in the ways of the Lord. Give it a try and may God richly bless you always…

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