Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published on Jul 27th, 2013 by Austin Keith | 0

In today’s readings as well as, in the Gospel we hear of the abundant love that our Father in heaven has for each one us. Our God desires us to receive His love that He has for us. In the first reading from Genesis we hear of the dialogue between God and Abraham in which God expresses His merciful love for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah who were striving to do His will. Our God looks with compassion on those who love Him and are pursuing to live a life for the sake of His name. In the second reading we are affirmed of the total gift of our salvation that God has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is through His death on the cross that we are able to live with Him for eternity. All our sins are forgiven through the blood of Christ, who freely gave Himself up to death for our own sake. My brothers and sisters, let us be quick to ask for forgiveness for all the times we have rejected God’s love and have failed to love Him by serving our brothers and sisters and if we confront the Lord with a contrite heart He will have mercy on us.

Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel to reciprocate the love that God has for us. If we truly love God with all our being and are thankful for the forgiveness He has given us, then we will love our brothers and sisters in need. This love for God must be fueled by prayer. My brothers and sisters, prayer must be the core activity of our life. How can we say we love God if we are not actively communicating with Him? In prayer we receive the grace to give our lives to others and imitate the life of Christ. I encourage you, my brothers and sisters, to give thanks to God every day in prayer for the mercy and blessings He has bestowed upon you. The Lord desires you to have an intimate relationship with Him through prayer. Do not be afraid to pour out all your deepest desires and longings of your heart to Jesus; for He will satisfy all your needs. Jesus tells us: “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” True and authentic prayer to Christ takes perseverance and it takes a sincere desire to be transformed in His image and likeness. In doing this, God will answer us in His time for He knows all that is good for us; for He is a God who truly loves us!

This week let us strive to be the Saints that God has called us to be!!!

 Thank you all for your prayers and support!!

In His love,

Clay Ludwig

-Seminarian for the Diocese of St. Augustine

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