Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/09/05

Daily Impulse: Come Up and Stand Before Us!


23nd Week of Ordinary Time

                                                 Gospel: Luke 6:6-11

Come up and stand before us! (Verse 8 )

To many, it is very embarrassing to stand up at a prayer meeting and say a prayer (a prayer intention for example).  When we exchange thoughts about our experiences in the word of God, some in the group are uncomfortable to stand up and give witness in front of everyone. We do not like to stand in the middle of a group.  If we have a weak place we try to hide it.  And yet Jesus challenges us:

Come up and stand before us!

But we also realize, the blessing that is in the midst of a prayer circle, in which open prayers are expressed.  We have seen how good it is when people openly give witness to the word of God from their own experience.  We can see how much community builds us up.  This is how the Family of God is created.  From the example of the holy Trinity and from the example of the Holy Family we allow others to take part in our life and we in turn take part in their lives.  If we withdraw within ourselves, if we are not willing to stand up in the middle of the group, then community cannot form.  Community can only be created when everyone gives of themselves, their talent, their experiences, and places them in the middle.

Come up and stand before us!

How embarrassing it must have been for the man with the withered hand?  Did he not always hide this hand as much as possible?  No one likes to expose their weakness.  Yet Jesus invites us to do just that.  Jesus also became weak and exposed on the cross. As a priest, I believe that I have to live the Christian faith well, as an example to others.  At the same time, I would also have to prove that this life of Christian faith really works.  This is why I do not like to admit difficulties in public.  Yet, what sticks in people’s minds the most is exactly the point in the homily where the priest exposes a few of his own difficulties.  It is exactly that which makes him more relatable. On the other hand, the seemingly perfect template of a Christian life under certain circumstances even pushes people away.  When someone can admit that he too has battles and weaknesses, closeness and community are formed.

Come up and stand before us!

So it is clear how we want to live out today.  Let’s jump over our own shadow!  Let’s put ourselves out there to our community!  Let’s open up our souls and let others take part of our life.  That way, Christ can come more alive in our community.

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