“We are all invited to be pilgrims” by Fr Dan Carroll SDB

“We are all invited to be pilgrims”                               19th Sunday Reflection

by Fr Dan Carroll SDB

The Word of God for the 19th Sunday Cycle C invite us on a faith journey and on pilgrimage.

The second Reading refers to Abraham’s call from God to leave his home and go to a foreign country. Abraham and his wife were well on in years but they acted on God’s invitation and set out on their pilgrimage. The person who has hope lives differently, the one who hopes has been granted the gift of new life.

In the Gospel Luke tells us about an occasion when Jesus was travelling with his disciples to Jerusalem and during a moment of instruction, he said to them, ‘Fear not, little flock, for it’s your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.’ The Gospel is not merely about communicating things that can be known. The Gospel is about making things happen and is life changing.

Jesus invited the disciples to identify their true treasure – what was it that they desired most in life? Jesus also addresses this question to us today.

Jesus instructed the disciples to be in a state of readiness. ‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.’

Those ready for the master’s return were loyal to him. How can you and I be loyal to Jesus?

The Gospel suggests the giving of alms – Alms giving can be giving time to people who need a listening ear, giving encouragement, providing support and assistance to those in difficulty. Helping to create an environment or place where people can live safely and peacefully.

Having a sense of gratitude for one’s own blessings and striving to help others as best one can.

Living as a joyful, happy and peaceful person. Receiving the Word of God, and being shaped by it. We are meeting God and he is our number one treasure.

Abraham and his wife Sarah were pilgrims. For them the end of the journey would come when they were at home with their father in heaven.

We are all invited to be pilgrims. It is unlikely we will be asked to go to a foreign country but our values, way of life, attention to people, faith, hope and love, will, hopefully, grow and mature. Our journey is always bringing us to a new place. The love of God always opens us to hope and new understanding. All will be made known to us when we are with God our Father in heaven.

Being pilgrims does not mean we will always get things right but are always learning to trust in God and giving him the freedom to lead, guide and shape us.

Mary our Mother knew what her treasure was and she lived it – to do the will of God. We ask her to guide us so that we have the freedom, love, generosity and openness of heart to be faithful disciples of Jesus. Amen.