28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 13, 2019
2 Timothy 2:8-13
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
together with eternal glory.
Faith , hope, Reverence, Praise & thanksgiving, worship are spiritual senses of our life. We act and react in spirit through these senses of Spirit. Those who live through these senses are called Spiritual beings or spirit led people.
In today’s reading we see the sense of faith is exercised and there was a miracle of healing of the body. The purpose of every miracle is to introduce Salvation. When the miracle takes place in one’s life , all the senses of the body ,mind and spirit unify together to Praise and Worship in reverence. Some of the translations say the Samaritan leper who was healed prostrated before Jesus and accepted him as the Savior and Master of his life. This Samaritan not only believed Jesus in his spirit but in his mind and body as well. All five senses of the Body turned back towards Jesus and the reasoning of the mind convinced him to Worship Jesus as the Lord and Master.
When we experience the Salvation in Body, mind and spirit , we work for the saving of souls or engage in God’s business to save the souls or build the church or kingdom of God. St.Paul was such person who experienced the Salvation and proclaimed the kingdom of God in Words and actions. The sufferings and persecutions , which we suffer for others are living examples of saving souls or actions of evangelisation in our life.when we thank and praise in every situation of our life , we surrender all spiritual, Emotional and bodily senses to the Lordship and Authority of Jesus, and we are no more in control of ourselves but we are controlled by the spirit of God who will work through us . We need to put our life in to auto pilot mode to be controlled by the Spirit of God in faith and hope.
To become the witness of Jesus is the true characteristic of discipleship. Many people experience the love of God and do not exercise their gratitude and reverence by witnessing and thanking him with praise & Worship. Praise & Worship , Testimony is the very important component in the Christian life. After experiencing the love of God, if someone hides his spiritual gifts and does not witness God , they deny Jesus and deny themselves. There is God’s power working in the Witnessing either through suffering or preaching or in service of any God’s ministry.
The building of the family and suffering for the children by their parents to give them better loving life is the greatest christian ministry on this earth. The parents unknowingly serve God through their selfless sacrifice for their children. Parents witnessing to their children and spouses is the best of the evangelisation in the modern world. By looking at the Parent’s sacrificial life and a unique power of God working due to their suffering and sacrifices, will change the families and children in love.