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Gospel Reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2011

posted Jul 20, 2011, 3:38 PM by Nick Ballesteros
All Things Work for Good for Those who Love God

The humanity of Jesus which is perfectly the same and true as our humanity, the guilt of sin as an exemption, has shown to the entire human race the sure possibility of realizing its inner potential to conform to what God desires.

St Paul in his letter to the Romans (8:28-30) through the promptings of the Spirit has drawn from the very humanity of Jesus the sure foundation of a deeply longed for hope: “that all things work for good for those who love God.”  Jesus’ humanity has been spent in loving God and this brought Him a lot of troubles.  Paul, in following the example of Jesus in loving God, has experienced all forms of human anxieties and tribulations. Yet both were full of hope “that all things work for good for those who love God.”

Loving God through the humanity that we have exposes us to despairing challenges.  The more we sincerely love God, the more we are put down by the outside world.  The deeper we are drawn to follow Jesus, heavier cross is laid upon us seemingly ridiculing our passion for conforming our lives on Him.  This is truly and purely foolishness to those who do not hear Paul saying: “all things work for good for those who love God.”

To love God is our way of conforming our lives after the image of Jesus Christ.  Everyone is predestined unto such loving but many assert other things.  And so God called so that those who responded may be justified and in turn be glorified in Him.

It is in our humanity that we are glorified and it is through the same humanity that we can glorify Him who desires nothing but to make all things work for the good of all.


Father Ambet