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27th Sunday of Year C – 2022

Most of us are in contact with many people every day.
We approach some of them spontaneously, considering them as friends.
Others, we keep our distance from them, we are not sure how we will be received.
There are some, we know that we will always be welcomed when knocking at their door.
Others, we would not go to them at any time, we feel we must choose the right moment.

What about God?
Do we approach him, spontaneously, without any hesitation?
Are we convinced that any moment is a good moment to ‘get in touch’ with him?
Or are we in doubt that we will be welcomed?
Are we afraid to go to him just as we are?

In today’s 2nd reading, we meet the apostle Paul writing to his friend Timothy (2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14).
Some of his words can help us to ‘adjust’ our way of looking on to God – enabling us to come to him in a way that is ‘just’.

  • Just seeing him really as our Father.
  • Just accepting that we are his beloved children.
  • Just trusting him, truly.

Paul writes:
“God did not give us a spirit of fear
but power, and love, and self-control.”
It is sad to see how many people fear God, how may do not dare to come to him with the simplicity of a child.
They may think that they are sinners and are not worthy to approach him.
They forget that Jesus came precisely for sinners – he said it openly (


God never asked us to be worthy, he asks us to be confident in his mercy – that’s all!

Some of us have yet to REALize this basic and wonderful reality!
May it become REAL indeed!

The last line of the reading tells us how this is possible…
“…with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”

Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/27e-dimanche-de-lannee-c-2022/


Source: Image: Oak Grove Church of Christ



  1. Teresa Penafiel

    J’ai fait le long chemin à partir de l’image de Dieu qui juge et châtie (qui aime bien, châtie bien, disait on) à celui qui aime et qui veut être en moi en tout moment. Mais…les vieilles habitudes tardent à partir et c’est pour ça que j’ai bien aimé votre commentaire d’aujourd’hui. Un véritable « post-it », pour me rassurer, pour me redire que Dieu est avec moi (avec nous tous!) et que si je fais attention, j’arriverai à sentir le souffle de l’Esprit en moi.

    1. Dieu soit loué pour le long chemin parcouru que vous évoquez, Teresa. Et… l’Esprit ne manquera pas de vous ‘souffler’ un rappel style ‘Post it’ au besoin!

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