14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA
Do you really know Jesus? Has Jesus revealed God to you? Do you know about the promises of Christ? There are gifts, amazing, extravagant, joyful, glorious, salvific, and enduring, gifts beyond anything we can ask or imagine – and they come to the demands of Love.
I had a friend, now with God, who was a devout Southern Baptist, and she asked me as we sat in a restaurant one day in the very early 1980’s, near the Orlando International Airport, if I was saved. I replied that I was saved, and she said, “How do you know?” My response was quick and certain: I knew I was saved because I believed in the promises of Christ. That response was a true statement. I am coming to see, however, that the promises of Christ carry with them implications about which I knew very little forty years ago – and don’t really comprehend all these years later.