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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Sunday, August 11, 2019

“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock” Jesus says today to his fellow apostles who from a human point of view were not fully prepared for their mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God. When we see, after the ages, the existence of the Church and the expansive work they and their successors had done, we can also see the deep faith they had and their total trust in Jesus. More than that, we have to notice that what Jesus taught them was not understood totally by their wisdom and enterprise, although it was also certainly important. Rather Jesus prepares them to totally trust in that what the Holy Spirit wanted to do through them. “Sell your belonging and gives alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, and inexhaustible treasure in neither heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be”. In these short words, one has to put all trust in God and everything else will be given. It is the mystery, of the effectiveness in spreading the Good News by the apostles and it is also the key to how the Church spread the Gospel in today's world. “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” We have to be prepared with our Christian reaction, facing the challenges in our present time to stand up and be ready in every moment to serve the Lord without embarrassment and dilemma. This service to others, as Christ was ready to serve them and others, is an example which continues as we await the coming of the Kingdom of God. It seems almost incredible that that attitude is based mainly on the pillar of faith which is often expressible by miracles. As a matter of fact the existence of the Church till now, proclaimed by the faith of the apostles and their successors, is a kind of miracle from God. About this faith and its effectiveness in the history of the chosen nation St. Paul speaks in today's reading: “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen,” which gives testimony about God and His effective works in the world. It is a lesson which comes from these Sunday’s readings.