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Gospel Reflection for 24th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B, September 16th 2018
The answer to the gospel question, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ is a central theme of our faith.
Our answer is that we know Jesus by his actions and way of life: He would die; he would care for all; he went mostly to the poor a
nd the sick. He was a Jewish man of 30; he was a man of conviction who laid down his life. Each of us has a different answer. It may change with our age.
With the knowledge of love we confess that Jesus is our Lord.
He gives another answer – we recognise him in the poor and needy. As he said in Matthew 25, ‘what you do for others, you do for me’. When we welcome a refugee, help the homeless, console the bereaved, visit the sick, work for peace, contribute to a good cause, we do so for Jesus! Faith without good works is dead.
Another answer: yours is the widest heart of compassion we will ever find in the world!
Lord may your will be done on earth and may your kingdom come.
Donal Neary SJ
Editor of The Sacred Heart Messenger and National Director of The Apostleship of Prayer