Today’s Gospel is about preparedness, and having our priorities straight. Luke wanted his community to hear Jesus’ stern words about being prepared for the Master’s return. He also wanted them to hear Christ’s admonition about priorities. When more is entrusted to you, more will be expected.
In today’s Gospel Jesus invites us to ponder what are the true riches in human life. Jesus teaches that those who rely solely on material goods and allow them to control their existence to the point of greed and possessiveness are storing up treasures that will not last.
In countless ways, Saint Francis of Assisi celebrated and preached the Incarnation. Jesus came to reveal in his humanity the awesome reality of who God is for us. In Jesus we see “the human face of God.” The God Francis reflected was a God of love, forgiveness and mercy.
We can take a cue from Christ as evangelizers in the world today as Saint Francis did. Even if we’re not formal missionaries, we’re sent out from each Eucharist into the world carrying a message of peace.
The journey Jesus begins in today’s Gospel was difficult—not only because robbers, deserts and wild beasts lay along the road to Jerusalem. At the end of his journey, Jesus will face crucifixion and death.
How is Jesus the food that feeds our deepest hungers? At every Eucharist we're commissioned to take its power into everyday life where we’re called to feed others, with both physical and spiritual food.
Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will teach us what we need to know. He says the Spirit works in union with Jesus and with the Father. There is consolation in those words for us as we face the fears and questions of our time in the Church and in the world.
The dramatic story of the descent of the Holy Spirit tells us how the Holy Spirit can break down walls we may put up between peoples, races, and cultures. What we see as obstacles, the Spirit can use to create a new unity.