Today’s readings remind us that we can’t just serve God when it’s convenient—we follow God all the time, in every circumstance.
Glasses on, he’s a mild-mannered reporter at the Daily Planet. Glasses off, he’s a Son of Krypton, ready to save the universe. Glasses on, she’s Diana Prince—a sweet, unassuming officer in the US military. Glasses off, she’s Wonder Woman, Princess of the Amazonians. Their glasses serve as masks to hide their secret identities. I love that, for at least these two, the disguises they wear are in their “regular” lives—they take off their “masks” to be the hero that is natural to them, instead of putting one on to become something “other.”
God’s forgiveness shines in this week’s readings. As Paul says in his letter to the Galatians, righteousness doesn’t depend on what we’re able to do, but on our faith in Jesus. We do our best, we apologize when we make mistakes and God does the rest.
This Sunday’s readings features the resuscitation of two sons . . . and the rekindling of hope in those experiencing loss.