May all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:4b)
Gift: Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.
Reading: The foreigner joined to the LORD should not say,
“The LORD will surely exclude me from his people”;
And foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him,
To love the name of the LORD,
to become his servants—
All who keep the sabbath without profaning it
and hold fast to my covenant,
* Them I will bring to my holy mountain
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,
For my house shall be called
a house of prayer for all peoples.e
* Oracle of the Lord GOD,
who gathers the dispersed of Israel—
Others will I gather to them
besides those already gathered. (Isaiah 56:3a, 6-8)
Observation: As I read the readings this morning and listened to the reflection from the USCCB video, I realized that God is calling us to be more inclusive in our church. As I sit here now and try to explain what needs to happen in our church in order to live out the Good News that we hear today at Mass and every time we read the Word, I realize that the word “inclusive” , says it all. There should never be anyone that is excluded from the experience of our church. I understand that there may be times when people will try to lead others astray, and they should be excommunicated, but the message I am receiving today is that no matter how you come to Jesus, it is our mission as church to meet you there and hopefully your encounter with us will take you deeper into your faith experience. We are called to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic, as you can hear in the video reflection from the USCCB website today, but it seems that we are more like the many, unholy, personal and counting on our local bishop or pastor to save us.
Prayer: We adore you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all your churches in the whole world, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.