July 15, 2018 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Who remembers being outside at recess or in gym class and picking times. It could be scary, thinking about how that would turn out especially for me since I was not the best athlete in the world. Certainly, being chosen the last was a statement of our status. Many of us who remember those harrowing days or for those in school or in the play yard, this can be a sad experience because you are not good enough!
For us who are Catholic Christians, the Good News is that God has already chosen us whether we are good enough or not.
The United Nations has estimated that are 7.6 billion people living on Earth at this time. It has also been estimated that since the beginning there have been approximately 108 billion people who have lived on the Earth. How they got those figures would be amazing to find out about.
In light of these staggering numbers, St. Paul says:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.
Plus he goes on that we have received redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of sins, grace has been lavished on us, wisdom and insight, he has made known this mystery in accord with his favor, we have heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, we have been sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption, we are God’s possessions! Wow! We are unique masterpieces of the Most High God. God does not make junk. Did you ever notice that none of God’s creatures are parked in a junkyard?
God loves each one of us individually. We sometimes think of ourselves as one of the crowd but he chose us. He loves each of us because we have been created in his image and likeness since we have been in his mind and in his heart since the beginning. This is why abortion and all killing is a grave injustice against humanity and God who created us. Once we appreciate God’s love for us, then we are able to bring the good news of God’s love to everyone we meet.