PHILEMON 1: 7-20; PSALM 145; LUKE 17:20-25
In the first reading St Paul wrote a letter to Philemon asking him to receive Onesimus back – not as a slave – but as a brother. Beloved in Christ we are all brothers and sisters in Christ irrespective of your status! The Church expresses this in her prayers: “Pray my brothers and sisters that my sacrifice… or pray brethren…” This is a foretaste of the Kingdom. If we are able to live as brothers and sisters in truth then the Kingdom of God is already here. Jesus tells the Pharisees in the Gospel that the kingdom is already here though they failed to realize it. We need to realize that we can actually have a foretaste of heaven here on earth when we live as brothers and sisters. This is what informed the work of St Josaphat whose memorial we celebrate today. He laboured tirelessly to heal the divisions between the East and the West even to the point of giving up his life. Beloved, heaven begins here on earth and the precise location is in you. St Josaphat, pray for us.
Let us pray
Lord, I need your spirit to remind me always that this life is not all about me. It is all about you. Help me Lord to live in peace and harmony with those around me so that when your Kingdom comes to completion I will be numbered among the saints. Amen.