Tuesday of the Twenty-Eight Week in Ordinary Time
Romans 1:16-25, Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5, & Luke 11:37-41
Our first reading from Romans is straightforward. Paul writes, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel!" We discover that salvation is ours if we try to live our lives being faithful to the Gospel. In a world that promotes many false gods, it can be challenging to live the message of the Gospel. We are tempted all the time to make decisions for personal gain, forgetting that we are instructed to think and to behave "out of love" as described in the Gospel.
These readings remind us of our faithfulness to God and all that Jesus modeled for us. The Gospel message shows us how Jesus loved the weak and the strong—people of influence and with no authority, the healthy and infirm, people with money and power, and those who owned little and had scant prospects. Our Lord asks us to be faithful in our thoughts and actions and not "exchange the truth for a lie." While there are endless temptations, we are reminded to keep our faith strong, making the Gospel the backbone of who we are and how we live our lives.
The Gospel is as alive today it was in the time of Jesus. We are directly reminded, "The one who is righteous by faith will live," and those who "become vain in their reasoning, while claiming to be wise will become fools by exchanging the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of mortal man." As I mentioned earlier, straightforward!
Question of the Day: Will you share the Good News of Jesus with others to dispel the false gods that cause temptations in your life?
Prayer: "The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Amen."