READINGS for 2006-09-09
THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE
And he said to them, ?The Son of man is lord of the sabbath.? ? Luke 6:5
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Daniel 10-12
CONTRADICTIONS OF HOLY LIVING
Holy Spirit, strengthen me to be a better witness to the Gospel so that I will give a more powerful witness to the truth and transforming power that it can have in a person?s life.
St. Peter Claver, confessor, pray for us.Sometimes the most notable facts concerning a life of discipleship are the many contradictions that seem to be present. Paul starts to list some of them in today?s First Reading. I like to concentrate upon the reality that it is in our weaknesses that the strength of God is most apparent. It is this that gives me the greatest hope concerning my own inability to be faithful even in the smallest aspects of the Christian life! If God is most powerful in my weakness then I want to grow in weakness so that He will be proportionately a stronger influence in my life.
In no way do I mean to advocate a sort of bahala na (I will leave it all up to God) sort of attitude. This would be both sinful and entering into the heresy of quietism. We ought to use all of the gifts and strengths that God has given us to serve Him in His Kingdom. However, at the same time, we need to realize that the source of our strengths is His gifting and he will make up anything we honestly lack. The truth of the matter is that all that we have is God?s gift to us, except our sin.
What Paul wants the Corinthians to realize is that they must humble themselves before the Living God in order to be true servants of the Gospel. Humility is the key as it will open up to us the fullness of God?s graces and enable us to partake of these gifts in such a way that the glory will remain with God with us being the mere instruments or channels of His grace to others.
Paul sees it as important that the heralds of the Gospel are not seen to be working out of their own strength and abilities only. It should be always evident that there is something of God?s hand in all that they do. A bit of persecution and hardship is good for an apostle or disciple of Jesus because if it is endured in a good spirit, it becomes an extremely powerful testimony to the truth of the Gospel! Why? Simply because no one in their right mind chooses the path of persecution and suffering without a very good reason indeed! If it is evident that the Gospel is the reason for this choice in our lives then people will be forced to admit that there must be something to the truth of the Gospel if it causes people to make such responses. Fr. Steve T.
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