Brothers and sisters:
You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;
God has now reconciled you
in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death,
to present you holy, without blemish,
and irreproachable before him,
provided that you persevere in the faith,
firmly grounded, stable,
and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard,
which has been preached to every creature under heaven,
of which I, Paul, am a minister.
Psalm 54:3-4, 6 AND 8
R.(6) God himself is my help.
O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth.
R. God himself is my help.
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.
R. God himself is my help.
While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
his disciples were picking the heads of grain,
rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said,
“Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did
when he and those who were with him were hungry?
How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering,
which only the priests could lawfully eat,
ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”
“God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him, provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable, and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven.” (Col 1: 22-23)
Before joining the Youth Ministry, I was your typical skeptic, pasaway Catholic kid. I was never really a fan of opening myself up to exploring my faith. I’d pass on going to mass whenever I could, I’d dread the idea of having to pray outside of mass, and I wouldn’t listen to any faith-related story.
In our gospel today, the Pharisees saw Jesus as someone like me. They saw Him as someone neglectful of their idea of faith, as someone so lowly and disappointing. If you had met me then, you probably would have seen me the same way.
However, the Lord reminds us in the readings that we must always look beyond something before we judge. We can find light in anything around us; we only have to try and reach deeper. God did exactly that for me. He looked beyond my past and whoever I was and however I thought before. He sought after me because He believed I would give my heart for His name. He changed every track in my life and led me to the Youth Ministry. And after all I’ve experienced here, I am never turning back. I am genuinely happy, and I have nobody else to thank but the Lord.
I pray that we all look beyond the things and the people that we see. We must look beyond whom or what they are now, and simply pray that goodness will one day come from what was.
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