What is it that makes for a good Catholic?
The first reading at Mass yesterday, the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, challenges our oft-times sense of what is important in the life of faith. Here is the Lord speaking through his prophet, Isaiah.
Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest.
Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants – all who observe the sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.
God has no favourites, but blessed are those who favour God and walk in his ways.
Those who have ears to hear will be familiar with the proud and arrogant boasts of so many Christians… Let’s just mention those who trumpet that they are saved because they say ‘Jesus is Lord’. This word of the Lord punctures those boasts.
The true believer is to be characterised by humility and love, which relativizes all other distinguishing marks of culture or Creed. Faithfulness and love humbly lived has the capacity to draw out the, so-often unexpected, potential for love of the Lord in all humankind.
The One God welcomes all, and all have the capacity to respond.
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