Friday, September 13, 2019

The Sunday Word

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We have some excellent readings to delve into this weekend as we prepare for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is not too early to read the scriptures and spend some time as we approach Sunday.

This Sunday's letter to Timothy gives us a picture that Paul has a new job. The text says, he has: "Appointed me to his service." Sounds like the apostle Paul has a job.

We might want to spend some time interviewing Paul to see how he managed to get this job as preacher and apostle. This "job" allows Paul to write letters, to travel -- by boat, on a donkey, in an ox-cart or on foot -- to places all over the world, including major cities and the seat of the Roman Empire! He gets to speak to thousands of people, and, as the spokesperson for a new movement, he is able to establish adherents wherever he goes, speaking to the poor as well as the rich, to the humble as well as the proud, and to servants as well as to kings. He visits homes, synagogues and palaces. He even gets to spend some time in jail -- on numerous occasions!

Through it all, he is "judged to be faithful" as he tells everyone about some good news, i.e. "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."