Year C – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 18, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (R/.14b); Hebrews 12:1-4; John 10:27; Luke 12:49-53

A man interviewed on the evening news admitted taking his eyes off the road for only three seconds to check his cell phone when he smashed into the car in front of him.  Losing focus can be dangerous, leading even to loss of life – your own or someone else’s. 

The Letter to the Hebrews calls us to live a focused life so we may reach the goal our faith sets before us:  eternal life with the Lord.  Using the image of a runner striving to win a race, the letter first calls us to remove any weight of sin that would weigh us down; then it commands us to “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of the faith.”  Just as Jesus kept his focus on doing the Father’s will, enduring both opposition and suffering – even death – we must “not grow weary and lose heart” in our struggle to achieve the end God has planned for us. 

What image or story of Jesus helps you focus on him?  

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