St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

P.O. Box 1748, 1927 RR 1431,

Kingsland TX 78643

Office: 325-388-3742

Lee Hall: 325-388-0397

Reverend Father Uche Evaristus Obikwelu

Mission: Our Lady of the Lake

120 RR 2233,

Sunrise Beach TX 78643,

4 miles off TX Hwy 71

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2017

Message of Hope; Be steadfast! In the First and Second readings of this Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, God wants us to know that there is hope for us. The saying goes that good deeds shall be rewarded. The reason we have law and order is to live in peace and harmony, so that we love one another, not only to live in peace, but to see God in one another. Most problems in our families and society exist because this love of God has been dismissed in our lives. We have chosen to become the center of morality, rather than to allow God to be. In the first reading from the book of Exodus, God reminds us that we must not be hostile to strangers because they are human beings like you and me. He challenges us to be kind and compassionate to the widows and orphans, and that if we wrong them, he would surely show his wrath on us. This does not mean that God is unjust as we humans reason, but it shows that God loves us and detests our lack of compassion. Likewise, in the Second reading, Saint Paul writes the Church at Thessalonica, with the words of hope and encouragement. He commends the new converts at both Macedonia and Achaia, praising them for enduring the discomfort that comes with acceptance of the Gospel. Paul gives them credit for standing firm to the Gospel and also assisted to share it with people around their towns. Such, Paul implied, made the word of God to spread far and wide. Paul definitely appreciates the positive responses he received from these new people in faith and the zeal with which they have carried the message of truth to other people. Dear brothers and sisters, when we reflect on these messages of the readings within the context of our reflection, what we come out with is the message of hope? Hope that God’s love and justice always means well for us; and that we are invited to extend such goodwill to one another. When we display our Christian virtues in loving the strangers in our midst, widows, orphans and the poor, certainly God will
never forget such great works of charity. On the same note, Saint Paul was happy for the Christians at Macedonia and Achaia, because they indeed lived out God’s commandment in the First reading. This testimony is seen in Paul’s assertion, “For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.” Isn’t that beautiful? In Christ, Father Uche Obikwelu

Oct 29, 2017 Category: Pastors Posted by: cmscharles