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19th Sun C
Sunday 7th August 2022


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Reflection

Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.

This Sunday's Reflection

In the Parable of the Master’s return, Jesus is not warning us to remain alert in case God catches us slacking off. Rather, we are to remain alert, so that we can experience God constantly at work, serving us. How else are we to understand the extraordinary reversal of imagery in this Sunday’s Gospel? The Queen does not return from a tour, enter the palace and serve its many attendants. No, when she returns, she expects them to be ready for her, even though she may have little knowledge of what that actually entails.

God, in sublime contrast, is constantly at work, shaping our lives for our best good. We struggle to see this for a variety to reasons. Sometimes, the presence of sin, our own and others, in our lives can be oppressive. God, respecting free will, allows sin to happen but God is not weak in the face of such. Rather grace comes to help us overcome sin. Still, such transformation often does not appear obvious or easy. We need to be alert to the place and the pace of grace. At other times, we simply do not understand what is happening in a situation. Here, we have to work to try and understand how God may view the situation. This entails a radical shift from the assumption we seem to have been born with: that what is easy and pleasant is what is best for us. Rather, we need a Copernican revolution in our attitude asking ourselves, frequently and attentively, how am I being called to grow in the various situations of my life. One way to enter into this attitude is to assume that God is serving me, working for my good in every situation of my life. When we take that stand, we have to open our minds and hearts and imaginations to be alert to the coming of God in the most ordinary and the most surprising of ways. It is in this very practice of alertness, that we will come to the amazing realisation that all things do work together for our good.

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