Reflection for the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C 2022
In the Gospel reading, St. Luke begins Jesus'” journey narrative.” The narrative combines several journeys and incorporates several sayings of Jesus, making the journey a symbolic one. In this way, the journey is not only Jesus’ journey, but also ours – through the mystery of the Cross, death, and resurrection.
Jesus actually went to Jerusalem. But for many of us who will never make an actual journey to Jerusalem, the journey takes on a symbolic meaning – the way by which we follow Jesus through death to new life, even here on earth. We relive the great redemptive deeds of Jesus in the Holy City Jerusalem.
Accordingly, it seems that St. Luke’s ” journey narrative ” is trying to make us realize that it is our journey through life as well, so that the passion and death of Jesus becomes a living, transforming reality for us.
As Christians we keep our eyes and hearts turned toward life eternal . We realize that ours is an apostolate of life, that our family extends to all the world, that we do not labor over the mistakes of the past or its glories, but that we continue to strive to work for the coming of the kingdom of God.
We” … have been called to live in freedom….” not the freedom of living according to our human weaknesses and selfishness, but in freedom to live the fulfillment of the whole law, that is, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
If we live according to the Spirit, we are guided by the Spirit. We will be able to act spontaneously and be assured that God is with us, and that we are doing his will. If we keep Christ ever before us, we will respond in peace and with good judgment. As his followers, he will show us the path to life and give us fullness of joy in his presence.
May God bless you all
Your brother in Christ