32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Maccabees 7: 1-2, 9-14
2 Thessalonians 2:16 – 3:5
Luke 20: 27-38


Lord, when your glory appears, my / our joy will be full’.

I am always deeply moved when people share about experiences that have brought out their humanity in all its limitations and potential. I hear both their self-doubt and resilience as a reflection of the embodiment of a God who chooses to become truly human, as in Jesus. In all today’s Readings is the assurance of God’s enduring presence in us and through us, in strife and in joy. As I pray Psalm 16 I reflect on what this can mean for us. What do you think the Lord’s glory is for you, for us all?

In Luke, Jesus highlights that to be people of the resurrection is to be ready to commit ourselves into God, accepting that our relationship with God calls us to be ready to experience an interconnectedness in all creation; and that we have a role in creating, redeeming and renewing all of life. Do we really believe in humanity, its incarnational promise and power? Are we ready to live deeply, to think positively, to find a new hope; make some sense of pain and suffering? Are we ready to be in a place that is brighter and full of possibilities? How do we live this calling today with a Passionist heart and mind?

Have you ever considered that being creative, fostering life and growth; being redemptive in our relationships with self, others, and all the environment; and being inspiring, energising and motivating in all that we are and do…is glory manifesting? In all our being and our living in these ways, we give glory to God who can be called Creator, Saviour and Energising Spirit, who lives in us and acts through us. St Irenaeus said: ‘The glory of God is humanity fully alive’ Can we accept and act as if we really believe this?

Pam Storey is a member of the Passionist Faith Community at Holy Cross, Templestowe, and one of the founding members of Passionist Companions. After a very active and varied family, church and working life, Pam is now focusing on developing a slow spirituality.