Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Fr. Salvator M. Stefula, T.O.R.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our first reading from the prophet Ezekiel takes us back 600 years before Christ. God is explaining to Ezekiel his responsibility as a prophet. Ezekiel must warn God’s people of their sinful ways or he will be held accountable. ‘YOU, SON OF MAN, I HAVE APPOINTED WATCHMAN FOR THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL; WHEN YOU HEAR ME SAY ANYTHING, YOU SHALL WARN THEM FOR ME.
This first reading is a prelude to the gospel where Jesus instructs his followers how to help each other stay on the right track.
The second reading from St Paul is a teaching on love. He reminds us that if we should try to correct one another it should be out of love.
There’s an interesting story about geese as they fly in formation. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. This uplift provided by the V formation allows the geese to get to their destination more quickly and easily.
God has given us the Church to help us reach our destination more quickly by traveling together and supporting one another.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE A COMMON DIRECTION CAN REACH THEIR DESTINATION MORE QUICKLY AND EASILY BY SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER. — Doesn’t this sound like Christianity? We have a common direction and we are called upon to help and support each other to reach the final destination—HEAVEN.
If one of the geese falls out of the formation, two others fall out of formation and follows it down to give help or protection. We, as Christians have a responsibility to care for each other and pick each other up as we go forward.
God bless you and keep you healthy.
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