15 October 2007. St. Teresa of
Romans 1, 1-7, Psalm 98, Luke 11, 29-32
In the first reading, Paul introduces himself as the slave of Christ to a Roman Christian community he didn’t know personally. In Greek, a slave is ‘doulos’. It means two things: first, doulos commands a definitive love and loyalty from a slave to his master. Paul experiences the tremendous love of Christ for him that he offers himself totally to Jesus, like a slave to his master. Second, ‘doulos’ is used to describe the great heroes of God: Moses, Joshua, the prophets, the apostles, and will soon be used also for the saints. These great men and women find their honor in their being ‘doulos’ to God and their fellow human beings.
St. Teresa of
The times and circumstances in which the lives of both Paul and Teresa were eras of change and renewal. In Paul’s time, many people were seeking a stable faith in the time of morale degeneration during the
The Gospel gives us two important questions. Just as the Ninevites responded to Jonah’s plea for repentance, so should we ask how readily and quickly do we respond to the call of the Lord. Vatican II in 1965 called for reform in the liturgical life of the Church. Have we been quick to adjust to the new changes. Or, do we still want the old way which we are comfortable with; or adapt to the changing times? What is the quality of our response to the Lord when “he has made known his salvation? (Psalm 98)”
Second, just as the Queen of Sheba was eager to hear the wisdom of Solomon, are we eager to learn new things so as to proclaim the Gospel in the present time?