Ruth pledges fidelity to her mother-in-law in the Reading for Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time. After the death of her husband, Ruth does not abandon Naomi. Widowed and childless, Naomi plan to go home to Bethlehem Ruth leavers her home to follow Naomi. “For wherever you go, I will go” (Ruth 1: 16b NRSV). Ruth’s devotion to Naomi reflects God’s devotion to us. Wherever we go, whatever we do, God is with us. God’s love endures. How has God been faithful to you? How have you been faithful to God?
In the Gospel for the Memorial of Saint Bernard, Jesus teaches about entrance into the Kingdom of God. His disciples ask him who can be saved. He replies, “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Jesus emphasizes that salvation is God’s initiative, not ours. There is nothing one can do to earn it. God offers. We accept. How do you experience God’s initiative in your life?