Wednesday 30 October

Today is Wednesday, the 30 October, in the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time.

Ex Cathedra, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore, sing Dulce Jesus mio. “My sweet Jesus, look with mercy on my lost soul.”  As I sit here, or stand here now, trying to pray, what kind of shape is my soul in?  Content and at peace?  Lost and wandering?  On the edge?  And what about the other souls around me?   Are there ‘lost souls’ around me who also need the love of God in their lives?

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.

Yesterday Jesus used a very gentle illustration to describe the Kingdom of heaven. Today, however, Luke recounts a conversation in which Jesus refers to those who are not saved; this passage is much less easy to hear than yesterdays! What are your first thoughts on hearing this passage?

The passage reminds us that appearance is not all that counts; just because I might go to church regularly, if I have no love for my fellow humans I am, to paraphrase St Paul, nothing!  Take this opportunity to reflect on your Spiritual Life and the way in which you relate to other people; your family; your friends; to others at work or at Church. Do the two relate to each other?

As you listen again, notice how Jesus reminds us that those who seem far away from the Kingdom are often those who are closest to it.

At the end of the Gospel passage Jesus paints a wonderfully vivid picture of people coming from North, South, East and West; a reconciliation and re-gathering of humankind. Spend some time praying for that reconciliation to come about.