60 Second Reflections

November 12, 2019

St. Josaphat, Memorial

It is no surprise that this passage from the Book of Wisdom is often read at funeral liturgies. There is such great comfort at the thought that the souls of our loved ones are in the hand of God where no torment can touch them. The first sentence, not included in the funeral reading, is even more comforting, if not a bit astonishing if you really think about it – that God formed people in the image of God’s own nature. Which makes Jesus’ speech to the apostles even more disturbing, comparing them to presumptuous servants who are seeking gratitude for just doing what they were supposed to do. Are these people he is talking to not those formed by God to be imperishable? To dart about as sparks through stubble? To judge nations and rule peoples? And the Lord is commanding them to put on aprons and wait on other people? Which is exactly what Jesus did during his entire ministry on earth. God, who formed us in God’s own image and likeness, calls us to choose to act in the image and likeness of God’s Only Begotten Son. Because death did enter the world through envy but immortal life came as a servant. And that servant will be our King forever. So let us don our aprons and show the world the image in which we were formed. Wis 2:23-3:9; Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19; Lk 17: 7-10

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