Faith working through love

October 16, 2018 6:00 am

“For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” (GAL 5: 6)

Whenever we go to Holy Communion, our faith can grow. Can grow means that our faith may grow, but it is not so certain that it will grow. Why? Because of “faith working through love.” The more love we put into receiving Holy Communion, the more we receive.

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Gospel Acclamation)

the sign of Jonah

October 15, 2018 6:00 am

“This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.” (LK 11: 29-30)

Jonah wasn’t happy with God’s invitation. He did what God asked because he was forced to do it. God did it for the Ninevites, not because they were worthy of God’s intervention, but because they were in desperate need (even not knowing about it). God doesn’t love us because we deserve it; He loves us because we are His children, and He knows that love is the only answer to all our needs.

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Indeed the word of God is living and effective

October 14, 2018 6:00 am

“Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” (HEB 4: 12)

We used to look at the Bible as a book, a very important book, but still as a book; because it looks like a book: has covers, has pages, chapters, table of contents, etc. But it is not a book, even the most important book. This is the living and effective word of God, “sharper than any two-edged sword…”. When we take this “book” in our hands, we should remember, what we take, and how powerful it is. We are holding in our hands the invisible, but living God, Who wants to tell us the most important thing, that He loves us forever.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it

October 13, 2018 6:00 am

“While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.’ He replied, ‘Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.’” (LK 11: 27-28)

Sometimes we think: I wish I could live in Jesus times–everything would be simpler. Our Lord knew about our “idealistic visions,” and He promised: “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.

“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Gospel Acclamation)

whoever is not with me

October 12, 2018 6:00 am

“Whoever is not with me is against me and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (LK 11: 23)

The foundation of every relationship is staying together based on the same hierarchy of virtues and values, respecting the same principals, not only loving each other, but also loving together. Our relationship with Our Lord is based on being with Him, not only praying to Him or working for Him (like we priests can often think about our relationship with Our Lord). Jesus calls for a strong relationship with Him, where whatever we do is always related to this relationship.

“The prince of this world will now be cast out, and when I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all to myself, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation)

ask and you will receive

October 11, 2018 6:00 am

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (LK 11: 9-10)

We lose patience so easily; when we discover some difficulties in our relationships, our natural reaction is to increase our expectations of our spouses instead of improving our own behaviors (alway we can start with gentleness and respect). Our Lord reminds us that when we are in need, we have to start asking, seeking and knocking. This is time for actions not time for expectations because “everyone who asks, receives…”

“Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.” (Gospel Acclamation)

forgive everyone

October 10, 2018 6:00 am

“When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.” (LK 11: 2-4)

At the end of our Program, we speak about forgiveness. Our Lord put this request in His prayer, knowing that without forgiveness we can’t grow; without forgiveness we can’t build strong relationships; without forgiveness we can’t go to heaven.

“You have received a spirit of adoption as sons through which we cry: Abba! Father!” (Gospel Acclamation)

Mary has chosen the better part

October 9, 2018 6:00 am

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (LK 10: 41-42)

We live in chronos and kairos. Chronos controls all of our actions; his calendar is full of meetings, appointments and to-do lists. Kairos is focused on this particular opportune moment. Martha and Maria naturally live in chronos; Maria, however, was able to recognize the moment of opportunity and chose “the better part,” which “will not be taken from her.” We have a lot actions and things to do in our daily schedule, but there is always time to find 5-15 minutes for our spouse (“there is need of only one thing”) because this is “the better part”; this is part of our identity.

“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Stood up to test Jesus and said…

October 8, 2018 6:00 am

“There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, ‘Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” (LK 10: 25)

It is so sad that “a scholar” asked: “what must I do to inherit eternal life,” and at the same time, he used his question to test Jesus. How important it is to remember our communication and our dialog should always focus on protecting our relationships, not on destroying the other person or proving that we are better.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Become one flesh

October 7, 2018 6:00 am

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh.” (GN 2: 24)

To make real “become one flesh,” there is only one condition—“a man leaves his father and mother.” Leaving doesn’t mean forgetting, or not respecting, or rejecting; it only means that I am mature enough to take care of other person independently. Good spouses protect the marriages of their children and stay away.

“If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is brought to perfection in us.” (Gospel Acclamation)

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