Many people long to be well-known and popular.
Eager to be famous, they want their reputation to spread far and wide.
They want their names to appear in newspapers or important publications.
They expect their realisations to be broadcast and their names acknowledged in social media.
For them, being forgotten, worse still being ignored, is a disaster and they cannot accept not to be in the limelight.
And yet… yet… is people’s opinion that important?
Being considered famous, even being recognised as a genius, is this the aim of life?
This reflection came to me as the last line of today’s gospel (Lk.10:1-12,17-20) was read.
To his apostles, overjoyed with the miracles they have been able to perform, Jesus says:
“Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you,
but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Long before, through the prophet Isaiah, God had said:
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”. (Is.49:16)
Does the rest really count for that much?
This is how close we are to God – someone he simply cannot forget!
If only the reverse were true!…
Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/14e-dimanche-de-lannee-c-2019/