23 Oct 2019: Uprightness


29th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings: Rom, 6:12-18, Lk, 12:39-48

“Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared, but only men of uprightness are trusted” thus goes the saying. In the first reading of today St. Paul invites all to surrender every part of the body to give to the Lord as instruments of uprightness. What do we mean by uprightness? It has got something do with trust. It is living under the grace of Christ. It is obedience which leads to saving justice and it is that which masters our life. It so happened last year, when I was doing my studies in Mysore. One day I was waiting for a bus.  On my left was a blind man with a stick in his hand waiting for the bus but in a wrong place. After some time an auto passed by. Nearly fifty meters away he stopped. He had travelers in it. He asked whether this blind man could be accommodated inside and took him by auto. I was surprised because in general my experience with the auto drivers in Mysore had been always bitter, because they always tried to charge the double the price of normal charge. But reflecting over this experience I felt deep within, ‘this man is truly an upright and trustworthy.’ St. Paul says, “the fruit of Uprightness is sanctification.”(Rom 6:20) May we been an instrument in the hands of the Lord to manifest uprightness through our lives and achieve sanctification through our little deeds.

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