26 Oct Luke 13:30 (Last will be First) by Pam McGushin
“For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” ~ Luke 13:30(full readings)
Pam’s Reflections: How insightful are these words Luke brings to us today. To think the least among us shall be first in the Kingdom of Heaven! Does this not seem only fair and just? Then why is it that this phrase, while a great source of comfort, can also simultaneously strike fear among us? There is undoubtedly tremendous suffering in the world today. We need only turn to any media source at any given moment to see it. The suffering of children; the injustice of abortion; the violence of war; the despair of poverty. As difficult as it may seem to fathom, this pain and anguish is not without purpose. Suffering brings us closer to God. Jesus is telling us that by maintaining faith in the face of adversity, abundant joy will be bestowed upon us in heaven. Nonetheless, there are those, like myself, who feel blessed beyond measure. Are we then to believe that we will be last? Honestly, I have debated this question in my mind hundreds of times. My peaceful resolution has always been the same. Whether it be first or last, I hope to be in heaven with Christ Our Savior…forever.
* Pam McGushin (LIFE Runner) is the Lead Catechist for the 2nd and 4th grades at Holy Spirit Catholic Community Church in Naperville, IL. She has been married 15 years and has two boys.
Faith Challenge: Let each of us pause today to take inventory of what is truly important to us. Be humble. May we be grateful for the least of our blessings, and may our faith be as strong in times of despair as in times of prosperity.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Evaristus.
Faith Quote: “Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.” ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Through Christ our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.