The Kingdom of God will include unexpected challenges. The people who will be welcomed to the table might surprise you.
To preach the gospel will sometimes mean placing ourselves in opposition to prevailing opinion, and even in opposition to values held by our families and friends.
Today's Gospel is about preparedness and having our priorities straight. St. Luke wanted his community to hear Jesus' stern words about being prepared for the Master's return.
Jesus teaches that those who rely solely on material goods are storing up treasures that will not last. It's being "rich in what matters to God" that is true wealth in the Kingdom.
If we think of God as a loving friend or a kind parent then prayer will come a bit easier. God is ready to give us our daily bread and more if only we ask.
In our parishes, neighborhoods, and cities we need both dimensions of Christian hospitality: actively serving while truly listening and seeking to understand.
"Who is my neighbor?" is an important question for every Christian community. We must recognize Christ in the stranger as we heed Jesus' command.
Even if we're not formal missionaries, we're sent out into the world from each Eucharist, carrying a message of peace.
The journey to Jerusalem that Jesus begins in today's Gospel was especially difficult because at its end he would face crucifixion and death.
At the very end of Mass as the priest blessed the assembly and dismisses it, we're being sent out into the world to put the meaning of the Sunday Eucharist into practical action.