Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings

Wis 18:6-9
Heb 11:1-2, 8-19
Lk 12:32-48

Reflection

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells us “Do not be afraid any longer…your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”  I found this verse particularly impactful.  Jesus is telling us that no matter what we are going through, no matter what decisions we make, and no matter how much we may do well or mess up, God is overjoyed to welcome us into his kingdom and into his presence.  

I know the seniors reading this will give me a hard time for saying this, but sitting at the halfway point in my college experience is a really surreal thing.  I have two years left to make the most of “the best four years of my life”.  For a while I spent a lot of time reminiscing, and a lot of time looking forward to the future, trying to figure out what life will look like post-grad.  Recently, I’ve decided that the best thing I can do on this college journey (and in life for that matter) is to be present to where, and to who I am now. 

Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. puts it best when he mentions that God is always exclaiming to us “Don’t Move!”  God wants us to have faith in his plan and to know that right where we are is where we are meant to be.  Not two years in the past or the future, but right here, right now, everything that you are is what God wants, and loves!  So when you don’t get the grade you want, or when you get that dream job you’ve been searching for, just have faith that God loves YOU…right here, right now; in his eyes, you are perfect.  He is so happy to welcome each of us into his Kingdom.  Don’t move.

-Nick Hatton '18