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Sunday Readings- Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

     This weekend the church celebrates the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Yesterday,  we celebrated the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the one whom spread our faith. They went, and proclaimed the word of God to others, working miracles and wondrous signs to call people to conversion to Christianity.

     We are faced with the temptation to look back often. Like a child often is when passing by a toy in the he wants. Or looking behind their parents to see the person that was just staring at them also. A child looks back, either in curiosity, fun or for the coolest toy on the shelf.

     When Jesus had said, "Follow me" to a person, they replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” and Jesus Simply answers. "Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Jesus tells him, don't look at what was, and look at what is -the new life in Christ. With the soft, but comforting words of Follow me, we are to start a new life in Christ. Forcing ourselves to leave what behind and look to the future.

     Saint Paul tells us also, that we must live by the Spirit  because we have been given Freedom in Christ. It is a new life in Christ. We are all baptized in Christ and through Christ. We are welcomed into the family that God has offered us- The family of life; the family of freedom.  In John, Chapter 3 verse 5 Jesus tells Nicodemus, " ... no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit." We have to start the new life in Christ and live out our call.

    Jesus wants us to focus on the new life, and not the life behind us. He is offering us everything we need, today, and not [anymore] yesterday. For he is offering us a new and wonderful life in the Spirit. Living in the Spirit is to live out our life with Christ. Living life with a true and sincere heart. For what is forgiveness without sincerity? For what is Love without honesty? What is Joy without happiness? What is Prayer without Faith? What is conversation without attention?

    Our  life in Christ was made assured with the sacraments of initiation; Baptism, Eucharist, and  Confirmation. Being enlightened with Christs love, forgiveness, grace and abundance. Filled with Gods grace we are to be like Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Jesus, to spread the word of God to all ends of our world. We must not be frightened, and pray for strength.

    May we look at the new life in Christ and Face forward, not looking back at what we have lived. Not looking back at the coolest toy on the shelf. Let us live out our new Christian life, with the help of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, may we build up enough strength to live out or call in Christ.

Saint Peter, Pray for us

Saint Paul, Pray for us


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