At Our Lady of Good Council Monastery, Kampala, Uganda

In 13 Today's Church on 2014/07/06 at 12:00 AM
  • Our readings today teach us some essential truths about Jesus, namely, that while Jesus is our mighty Lord and is all‐powerful, He is also meek and humble of heart. His is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but nonetheless Jesus remains humble.
  • And being so humble of a king, Jesus stands in stark contrast to most kings and political leaders of today.
  • But not only is Jesus meek and humble of heart, but He demands the same of us.
  • What we must remember is that our Lord loves us more than we can imagine. Andmore than anything else, He desires to share His divine life with us.
  • He desires to reveal to us His Father in Heaven, for the Father is our Creator. TheFather is the source and origin of all the beautiful mysteries of our Catholic faith.
  • While our Lord’s divine life is available to all of us, and while our Lord desires to share all of the mysteries of our Faith with all people, and while our Lord died on the cross toredeem all people, He requires that we be humble.
  • Indeed, He calls us to be like children! And He calls us to be like children in two ways.
  • Our Lord wants us to accept Him with joy, just as kids joyfully accept gifts from their fathers. Moreover, like good children we must be obedient to all that that Father asks of us.
  • This is why St. Paul tells us in the second reading that we must live according to theSpirit rather than according to the flesh.
  • You see, our Lord understands that, despite our best intentions to be like good children,we are weak and sinful. We often – and very willingly – falls into sin, even serious sin.  Falling into sin repeatedly is why it means to live according to the flesh.
  • It’s important for us to understand this, for St. Paul tells us that if we live according to the flesh, we will die. Truly, if we persist in lives of sin, if we continually choose to live sinful lives rather than living our lives for God, we run the risk of going to hell when we die.
  • For this reason God has sent us His Holy Spirit to help us be childlike!
  • Just three weeks ago we celebrated the great feast of Pentecost, which commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to our Lady and the apostles as they gathered in prayer in the Upper Room.
  • The Holy Spirit continues to come to us even today through the Sacraments, in particular our baptism and most especially through Confirmation.
  • And the Holy Spirit stays in our souls as long as we live in a state of grace! And to do this, we must try, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to cultivate the virtue of humility within our souls while also rooting out every trace of pride.
  • As we do so, we must constantly remind ourselves that every good thing we do in this life: every talent, every skill, every ability we have is because of God’s goodness.
  • On our own we are nothing. But in His mercy God has seen fit to mold the dust of our humanity into His own image and likeness. And thus we God’s help we can accomplish great things.

• Let us pray today for the grace to remain childlike as God desires, even as we grow older. Let us trust that in remaining like children, the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven will be revealed to us!

©Fr. Timothy Reid
Pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC




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