Our Lady of Fatima Faith Focus - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Fatima
In the Wor
“‘For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.’”
- Genesis 18:32
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the verse just preceding today’s reading from Genesis, we’re given the context for Abraham’s conversation with God. The Lord is sharing with Abraham His plans for Sodom and Gomorrah because, “
I have singled him [Abraham] out that he may direct his children and his household in the future to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just
…” (Gn 18:19)
In Abraham, God has initiated the family who will take up humanity’s original, Adamic covenant and “keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just.” Abraham fulfills his covenant call by interceding with God on behalf of the doomed cities. He petitions God to honor His promise of mercy to the just. God goes further, promising, for the sake of the righteous, to spare the just
the wicked (Gn 18:26).
Jesus Christ brings the Abrahamic covenant to its ultimate fulfillment. Christ Jesus alone, the seed of Abraham (Gal 3:16), the righteous One, in his passion and death, bears the burden for and intercedes on behalf of the unrighteous, not just of Sodom and Gomorrah, but of all places and all times. “Hence,” as St. Paul says in Rm 8:1, “now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
For further reflection
Jesus continues his mission of intercession with the Father by the Spirit, alive in the church, his Body. How are you being called to participate in this mission? How do you feel about God’s promise to spare the wicked for the sake of the just? Do you see ways in which this promise is being fulfilled today? What do you understand Paul to mean when he says, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus?” Ask God to show you how that might apply to you.
- Christine Sullivan, Director of Adult Formation
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