Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ‘a’
Maybe you grieve now, but Jesus tells you that you will be comforted. Or maybe you cry, again Jesus tells you that you will laugh. You are tired of injustice in this world and pray for peace and unity, and so Jesus tells you today – you will be satisfied. Even if others laugh at you, turn away, and make comments because you try to keep a strong faith -- Jesus tells you, rejoice and be glad, your reward will be great. But when and where will you be rewarded for all you go through because of your strong faith in God? In heaven. We often forget about that, and we hope that our life here will be almost perfect, because we chose to follow Christ. No, this life will not be perfect. In fact, it might even be more difficult. But if we persevere and keep faith, we will be rewarded --- in heaven. In the Polish language, we often use a religious way of saying ‘thank you’. It is ‘Bóg zapłać’, which means something like ‘may God bless you for the good you have done’ or ‘may God repay you’. We use this nice phrase so often, that it has lost its deeper meaning. It should remind us that even though we may not experience gratitude from others, God will never forget us, and all the good we have done and all we suffer because of His name will remain forever.