Dear Brothers & Sisters,
“ ... For then your reward will be great in heaven. And when will that reward be given? When we have gone through the frustrations, challenges, failures and rejection and alienation and not give way to despair and lose faith and hope. That is why in the Gospel for today. Luke has Jesus contrasting those who are deprived and those who have all they need. Jesus is saying that those who are going through daunting experiences in life, those who are suffering and are even persecuted because of their doing what is right are to be assured that they are blessed and that they will be rewarded, as long as they do not panic. On the other hand, he is warning, not threatening, those who have all they need, that if they too put their trust in what they have and how well they are treated because of their possessions, they would end having nothing at all.
Message: Let’s pray that we will accept the grace that God sends us. Let us use that grace and refuse to give up hope when trials and tribulations and persecution come our way. Let us live our faith in the crucified and risen Jesus. Yes, let us like St. Paul, believe without any doubt that we can endure whatever come our way because Jesus rose victorious from death and that our “....reward will be great in heaven.”
Fr. Clement Paul.