Reflection for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
25 Sep 2021

In the gospel today, Jesus made it clear that all good comes from God the Father and that doing charitable work was not the exclusive right of his followers. God moves where he wills and chooses whom he wills. His spirit is at work beyond the confines of established religion. Unfortunately, we can all fall prey to the type of thinking and misguided notion that only the church can contain truth and only her members can perform spiritual works. When we think along these lines we are inclined to turn the church in on herself and deny that great works can be achieved outside her influence. Even within a church, there can be the temptation to form our own select groupings; to promote the club mentality which is basically about being in and keeping other people out. The gospel tells us that any person of goodwill doing their best to follow Christ’s footsteps graces the world. Every good deed contributes towards the battle against evil, so downgrading the motives behind someone’s charitable gestures amounts to spiritual begrudgery.  God’s action is not limited to any class of people.  He may be sending his message to us in the most unexpected and tragic events that befall us. Goodness is where we find it.