Sunday, September 27, 2009
TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Outside Jerusalem there was a valley called Gehenna which pagan tribes had used for human sacrifice. The Jews thought such a place fit only for burning garbage. It was later used as a biblical image of hell, the spiritual garbage dump of the cosmos. God makes no garbage, but we do; and a good cosmos must eventually purify itself of spiritual garbage like egotism, hate, greed, cowardice, or lust. Hell is the cosmic Roto-rooter service.
As Apostles of Prayer we commit ourselves to following Jesus as he leads us to heaven. We do this one day at a time, offering each day to God so that his will may be done in our lives and then reviewing our day at its end to see what exactly we have offered. In this simple way we grow in holiness.
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