Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year C

Stephen J. Baker, O.S.A.
Villanova University
Villanova, Pennsylvania

Wis 18: 6-9
Ps 33: 1-2, 18-22
Heb 11: 1-2, 8-19
Lk 12: 35-40

We live in very uncertain times. Where are we going as a world, as a nation, as a church? Our political environment at this time is very charged, to say the least. The debates about the direction of our country have, at times, been fierce, even to the point of incivility. There have been renewed fears about our safety as terrorism and violence once again have reared their ugly heads both in our own cities and towns and abroad. These are indeed uncertain and unsettling times. As followers of Jesus Christ, how do we respond to these persistent challenges to peace, tranquility and justice in our country and world? It would seem that an answer to this question can be found in our readings this weekend. The response is FAITH! Faith for the Christian is not a passive stance waiting for God to make everything all better. Faith is the trust in God’s promise that God will take care of us, if we place God at the center of our lives. In our second reading from the letter to the Hebrews, the sacred writer reminds us of the faith of Abraham and Sarah. They were called by God to enter into a sacred bond, a holy relationship. God called them to leave behind what was familiar to them and to walk into the future, not knowing what was going to lie ahead. But, despite this incertitude, they trusted in faith that God would provide for their needs and for their future. Jesus in the gospel reading also calls his disciples to this waiting in trust for his return. But this trustful waiting is active, being about the business of living the Good News and proclaiming through our life work the compassion, forgiveness and mercy of God. Jesus tells us that blessed we will be having been ready to receive the Master upon His return! This is the challenge for you and for me, to have a holy trust, the faith in God’s guiding presence toward the fulfillment of God’s loving plan for us and for the world. Fiat!