July 29, 2017

17th Sunday - A (July 30, 2017)

The Image of Jesus Christ

In politics, people often split camps by what they consider conservative and liberal values. 

In recent years, so much talk and ink (and keystrokes) seem to have deepen the chasm between the traditional and progressive camps also in religions, including Christianity.

Jesus’ words today urge us to learn to appreciate and make use of “both the new and the old.”

We trust in the promised the Risen Christ made, “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).  We believe that the Holy Spirit, the gift from the Father, constantly guides the Church.  Therefore, the Church is always renewed.  At the same time, She constantly draws from Her rich storeroom.  That is why we say the Church is always alive. 

At the same time, the Holy Spirit guides each of us toward the goal of the Christian life.  This goal is not about being traditional or progressive, conservative or liberal. 
We are called to become more and more “conformed to the image of Christ.” (Second Reading).

May we have the courage of Solomon to pray for the wisdom to discern and to become more like Jesus Christ (First Reading).

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