Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 7:1-10 – TWENTY-FOURTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Monday, 17 September 2018
Saint Luke places great emphasis upon the universal scope of the Gospel message. The Roman centurion represents the Gentile world. Jesus responds to his request with the remark that such trust could not be discovered anywhere in Israel.
The message of this incident for us is that the Lord Jesus is not the private possession of any one race, culture, ethnic group, nation or clique. Christ does not belong to us; we belong to Him. Jesus is not to be made into our image; we are to reflect Him. One way to grow into the likeness of the Lord is by a communal celebration of the Eucharist in the way that He intended.
The meaning of Christian community should come alive, above all places, in our eucharistic celebrations.
Jakarta, 17 September 2018
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