22th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 1, 2013
Sirach 3.17-20, 28-29 | Psalm 68 | Hebrews 12.18-19, 22-24 | Luke 14.1, 7-14

John Connelly


August 26, 2013

Let me ask a simple question. Where is Jesus in our life right now? Let us really think about this. Just slow down. Push the life pause button. Pray.

St. Teresa of Avila spoke about finding The Lord in the centre of our being. In her classic work The Interior Castle she calls us to seek and find God living in us.

So where is Jesus? Living in you and me. Living in his sacraments and word. Living in the heart of all who call him in sincerity and truth. It seems so obvious. St. Augustine said, “God is closer to me than I am to myself.”

The trouble is we forget. We forget the nearness of Jesus. We forget that he actually dwells in us. We forget that he loves us continually. We forget that we are indeed beloved children of God.

We can all learn to take many sacred pauses throughout our day.

Let the righteous be joyful; let them exalt before God. - Psalm 68.3

'Let the righteous be joyful; let them exalt before God.'

Psalm 68.3

We can push the sacred pause button and remember the loving closeness of Jesus. We can learn to remember that we are sacred temples of the living God.

In this week’s Mass readings, Sirach speaks of the right attitude to experience God: “My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favour with God.”

Humility is always the way we approach God. It is recognizing that we are not in charge. It is realizing we cannot live the Christian life unless we allow Jesus to live it in us. He alone is our strength, our wisdom, and our salvation. Humility is seeing that we are all children in the sight of God. Children who cannot provide for ourselves, who need a loving father to watch over our lives.


Many of us were deeply touched by Pope Francis and his message at World Youth Day. His words point us to humbly respond to the call to be living instruments of Jesus: “Put on Christ in your life, place your trust in him and you will never be disappointed!

“You see how faith accomplishes a revolution in us . . . because it removes us from the centre and restores it to God; faith immerses us in his love and gives us security, strength and hope. To all appearances, nothing has changed; yet, in the depths of our being, everything is different.

“Peace, consolation, gentleness, courage, serenity and joy, which are all fruits of the Holy Spirit (cf. Galatians 5.22), find a home in our heart and our very being is transformed; our way of thinking and acting is made new, it becomes Jesus’ own, God’s own, way of thinking and acting.

“During the Year of Faith, this World Youth Day is truly a gift offered to us to draw us closer to the Lord, to be his disciples and his missionaries, to let him renew our lives.”

Imagine if we Catholics all began to live these stirring and prophetic words of Pope Francis. Imagine if we truly allowed Jesus to take over our lives, our ministries, our parishes and our world.

The truth is this interior revolution begins now. It begins by us turning to Jesus in us here and now. It begins every time ordinary people like you and me recognize and rely on the Spirit of Jesus dwelling in us now.

Jesus, teach us to take many sacred pauses this day. To recognize and rely on your Spirit living within. To be your disciples, living your love, now and always. Come, renew your Church and all your beloved children.