September 18, 2016
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Word(s) to Live By
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
To seat them with princes,
with the princes of his own people.
Once a week, I volunteer in an after-school reading program. The children arrive at the parish following a day in a struggling school in a struggling neighborhood. The early readers may have a few words they are sure about, but when they hit an unfamiliar word, their reaction is always the same--their eyes move from the letters and start darting about the page. There must be a hint. They're looking for a sign.
And so am I. The words of faith are mostly familiar, but at times, my inner eye tears itself from that certainty and looks about. "Where is God in all of this? I know he must be here."
He is. Not only in the words, but in the Word Made Flesh there is compassion, there is sacrificial love, there is truth boldly proclaimed, there is justice sought and charity poured out. I search the landscape beyond the page and I see that Word, illustrated.
- Amy Welborn
Amos 8:4-7|Psalm 113:1-2, 4-8|1 Timothy 2:1-8|Luke 16:1-13