20160124 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Jan 20, 2016, 9:03 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 9:36 PM ]

Gospel of Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Kat's Reflection

This Sunday's gospel tells us that the words from the prophet Isaiah have now come true with the coming of Jesus Christ. It was written in the scrolls that someone was there to "proclaim liberty to captives, recover the sight of the blind and let the oppressed go free". They've heard that before in other scripture readings at the synagogue. Did they believe it or were they just words to be heard? Would they have known it was Jesus? Right there, He told them that the Scripture passage they had just heard has been fulfilled.

When I was a young teenager; acting up and doing my own thing, my mom would always say to me, "Just wait until you have your own kids." I remember looking at her with a smirk on my face and thinking she had no idea what she was talking about or that she was crazy. I laugh to myself now because a lot of what she said to me growing up has happened or is coming to fruition.

Once, I tried to leave the house with my hair a mess and my clothes all wrinkled. She stopped me at the door. She told me that I should take better pride in the way I looked; put some make up on, fix my hair and iron my clothes. She said that how I looked outside of my house was a direct reflection of her and how she kept her home and family. She was really warning me to be better in my ways and actions. Now that I have kids of my own, I am placed in my mother's shoes of years past. The wisdom that is now being heard from words of the past is eye-opening. Today I find myself saying the same thing to my teenager and pre-teens. I hope they are better than I was and "hear" what I'm telling them and hope they believe me...at least some of it.

I also think of all the people that I have encountered throughout my life. I have learned from them, both good and bad. When I have a positive or great moment in my life, it's very easy for me to share the happiness and hope to make everyone around me feel what I'm feeling. However, how I rise, or fail and work to rise from my most difficult challenges is just as important to me as how I am when I have a wonderful and awesome moment. I believe that God placed certain people, events and circumstances in my life's journey so that I can grow and be the very best person God intended me to be. What did I learn from this person? What can I learn from this experience? If something doesn't go my way, do I sulk and turn my back on others? Or do I change my way of thinking and try to make the space around me a better experience for the next person. There is a saying, "It can either make you bitter or better." How will you learn to be the best you God created?