Throughout the Bible, we see that God is a God who cares for and is concerned about the poor, the hungry, and the oppressed. We also see that God is not against wealth – God is just against the way some people use their wealth, or I should rather say, DON’T use their wealth.
This week’s Scriptures inform us of God’s love for those who are poor, God’s intolerance toward those who oppress the poor, and God’s expectations that the Church will focus on prayer for others. The Gospel ends the week with a call to faithful living, choosing God above all else.
This week’s readings show us what an awesome God we serve! They move from being a sinful people, acknowledging our sin, asking for forgiveness, to living in grace and being rejoiced over in heaven.
This week our Scriptures point us to the way we should live our lives: loving God, delighting in the ways of the Lord, receiving those who did us wrong as family, and following Jesus no matter the cost.