Twelfth Sunday 2017
Both Jeremiah and Paul proclaim God’s mercy even in their suffering.
Jeremiah says: “Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked”. St. Paul tells us: “For if by the transgression of one the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many.”
When we focus on the faithfulness and love of the Lord our lives change. Both Jeremiah and Paul suffered tremendously in life because of their witness to faith, but their focus on God allowed them to have hope even in the most difficult circumstances. Whenever we gaze upon the one we love, no suffering or sacrifice can hold us back.
That is where today’s Gospel touches the other two readings. Jesus invites us to keep our gaze on his, because he is always gazing at us with love. His gaze reminds us that he has loved us to death and beyond. Returning his gaze empowers us to love him above all else and that empowers us to truly love others. We find his gaze in the eyes of any “little one” in his or her need. Taking our eyes off ourselves and centering on others creates the solidarity with humanity that God has always revealed and makes us able to praise the Lord with our lives as did Jeremiah and Paul.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC