God’s blessing comes to those who behave humbly. Jesus teaches us not to seek status and honours from other people. It is in being humble like him that we will find favour with God. Christ will lead us to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God, if we will only follow him in humility.
Jesus teaches us never to think of ourselves as better than others, just because we profess our faith in him. Many people of other faiths and nations will find their way into God’s kingdom before us. We are called to set ourselves high standards and to try our best to enter the kingdom by the narrow door.
The path to heaven is likened to a race in which we are to keep our eyes on Jesus our leader. The saints are praying for us to reach the finishing line. With so many cheering us on, how can we fail? We are called never to give up, even when the going is hard. We are bound to suffer for our faith, just as Jeremiah the prophet did, but the Lord will deliver us.
Jesus teaches us to be ready when the Lord comes to call us to our heavenly home. A good life is the best preparation we can make. We will enter into a kingdom promised to us by our
heavenly Father, who through his own kindness and generosity has chosen us as his own.
We can become obsessive about looking for material security in this life. Yet we cannot take our riches with us when we die. We are called to live as
people who have died to the things of this world, in order to focus on the spiritual riches of a life given to Christ. In this way we will get our priorities right, and our lives will be full of true happiness.
Jesus teaches us to call God “Father” when we pray. Through baptism we are made one with Christ; we too are children of God. We are taught to persist in our prayers, assured that God will answer us because he is our Father. Jesus tells us to ask until we receive and to seek until we find.
God is as near to us as our own heart. If we wish to become like Christ then we will serve all people without distinction of race, colour or creed. We will become reconcilers and love God with all our heart. In this way we will become the Good Samaritans of a wonderful world.
The Gospel message is one of peace. Wherever we go, we are to bring the peace of Christ with us but we can only do this when we have learned to suffer like him. Then we will lead an entirely new life and peace will flow like a river from us to everyone around us.
Christ promised to build his Church on Peter, the rock, and assures us that the power of evil will never overcome it. Paul became the apostle to the Gentiles, so that the Good News spread throughout the whole world. Through these two great apostles the Church was gathered as the one family of Christ. Christ is still with us today as we witness to his power in our lives, that the world may come to believe in him.
We share in the priesthood of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Every time we eat his Body and drink his Blood we proclaim the power of his death and resurrection until he comes again. The Eucharist is not just a memorial of a past event, but something that effectively flows into our lives today.