16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Show favour, O Lord, to your servants
that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity,
they may be ever watchful
in keeping your commands.
Our readings and prayers this week may lead us to open our hearts to Christ, our welcome guest. May he increase our faith and our love, so that we may see him amongst us as our friend.
In our First Reading from Genesis, Abraham gives us the wonderful example of Bedouin hospitality. Nothing is too good for the stranger, and Abraham does not hesitate to offer comfort and food because he recognises God in them. God rewards him with the promise of a son.
The well-known Gospel story of Martha and Mary shows us Jesus himself as the guest, welcomed into their home where they receive from him as well as give to him.
In the Psalm, it is we who are the guests in the Lord’s house.
What readiness might we have to dwell in his house?
St Paul, sharing in Christ’s suffering, is proclaiming God’s message to the Colossians. As we hear ‘the mystery of Christ among us’, may we welcome him, ‘our hope of glory’. (Second Reading)
May we also welcome God’s word this week and ponder it.