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Seeing with the Eyes of God

26th Sunday Ordinary Time

“Keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ”1 Timothy 6:14

We need to see with the wisdom of God, with the gaze of citizens of heaven, as his children, enlightened by the Word of God. Only in this way can we want the values of heaven and place our hearts in them, and not in those of earth, as God asks of us (Col 3,3)

The world is in darkness, it is the natural way of our human condition, ignorance, the blindness of the carnal instinct, the human will inclined to sin, pulled by the flesh that tends to sin, pride, greed, anger, envy, gluttony, lust, sloth, enthroned in this world, and presented by men without light as the ideals to achieve: honors, riches and pleasures.

God has offered us his divine life, to be citizens of heaven, to aspire to the goods of heaven more than those of earth. For this, we must listen more to God than to the world, because the world, from spiritual blindness, wants to lead us to love and set our hearts on everything earthly and temporary, on idols, false riches; it leads us to love sin, self-sufficiency, selfish independence, as we see in the rich man who cannot see his brother Lazarus in need, because he only sees himself.

God who is love and truth, wants to make us know true riches, those of heaven, eternal values, which fill our soul much more than any of the idols or goods of this world. God wants to lead us to know, experience and love the fruits of the Holy Spirit that are the only ones that will fill our lives with true happiness, peace, goodness, etc., that which the world cannot give us.

To detest sin we must stop nurturing love for it. Stop cultivating and fertilizing that plant that bears nothing but bitter fruit and is destined to perish, and cultivate instead the plant of spiritual life that was given to us at Baptism, whose fruits are tasteful like no other: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, meekness and self-control. And it is a plant that will never perish.

It depends on us what we are going to appreciate and cultivate, according to whom we put our faith and trust. If we trust more in ourselves and in the world than in God, we will cultivate bitter fruits, that of sin, selfishness and ephemeral pleasures. If we put more of our trust in God, we will cultivate that of God, that of the Holy Spirit that was given to us in Baptism, and we will experience fruits of life.

“Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: Rivers of living water will flow from within him. He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive.”Jn 7:37s

I can’t pretend to harvest oranges if what I plant is garlic. If I nourish the love of sin, coveting it like men without faith, feeding that desire, contemplating it and listening to it, it will be impossible not to reap its fruits of death.

“Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.”Galatians 6,7ff

Readings for the Week

Monday: Jb 1:6-22; Ps 17:1bcd-3, 6-7; Lk 9:46-50
Tuesday: Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Ps 88:2-8; Lk 9:51-56
Wednesday: Jb 9:1-12, 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-15; Lk 9:57-62
Thursday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a; Ps 138:1-5; Jn 1:47-51
Friday: Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5; Ps 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14ab; Lk 10:13-16
Saturday: Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Ps 119:66, 71, 75,
91, 125, 130; Lk 10:17-24

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 26th Sunday Ordinary Time; Priesthood Sunday; Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) begins at sunset
Monday: Ss. Cosmas and Damian
Tuesday: St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday: St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions; St. Wenceslaus
Thursday: Ss. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels
Friday: St. Jerome
Saturday: St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus; First Saturday

What is the Meaning of Life?

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“God … wills everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”1 Timothy 2:4

We all have the natural obligation, inscribed in our souls, to seek meaning for life, to seek the truth, because this is precisely what distinguishes us from animals, what makes us the image of God: intelligence, the need for meaning for life, to transcend, to answer the basic existential questions that no one can avoid. Where do we come from and where are we going? Who gave us life and for what? Who is God and what is he for?

The problem is that the world, guided and blinded by the devil, ruler of this world and father of lies, does not want us to know about eternity, about God, or about the soul, it wants to lead everyone to conceive of themselves as animals of another species, and to live as such, focused only on the here and now, on instincts, on surviving, without wanting to know about the afterlife, or wondering about anything else. For this reason, he has everyone entangled in the idolatry of the things of this world and distracted with inventions and entertainment so that they do not think.

“Listen to this, those who seek the poor only to ruin him and go around saying: “When will the rest of the first day of the month end to sell our wheat, and the Sabbath rest to reopen our barns?” Measures decrease, prices increase, balances change,…”Amos 8,4ss

“There is no servant who can serve two masters, for he will hate one and love the other, or be attached to the first and despise the second. In short, you cannot serve God and money.”Luke 16,12s

In these readings we see the short-sightedness of the one who closes himself to the light of Christ; blinded by the world and the devil, they resign themselves to believe all his lies and seek only their selfish interest and passing values.

We are responsible for what we decide to believe and think, for what we decide to accept as true, because that shapes our way of thinking, our ideas and actions, and therefore, our entire life, temporal and eternal.

We cannot be so naive and irrational as to lightly believe any absurd theory. The devil, father of lies who wants our destruction, has blinded many so that they may not want the truth, and prefer to deify themselves and believe that they are so powerful as to change or decide what is the truth.

There are also many superficial suckers who prefer not to think and let themselves be carried away by the easiest, like playing dead in the river, without wondering where the current is taking them, despite the strong probability that it will take them to a waterfall that will cause them death. But it’s easier than swimming to get me to safety. Many resign themselves to living only in the here and now and to living distracted with idolatries of this world without wanting to think about the afterlife or answering the fundamental questions mentioned.

Jesus was very clear about the purpose of his life: I have come so that they may have life and have it in abun- dance. (Jn 10,10). If you keep my word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free (Jn 8:31). I am the way, the truth and the Life; no one goes to the Father except through me (Jn 14,6) so HE CAME TO GIVE ETERNAL MEANING TO OUR LIFE.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Prv 3:27-34; Ps 15:2-5; Lk 8:16-18
Tuesday: Prv 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44; Lk 8:19-21
Wednesday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Ps 19:2-5; Mt 9:9-13
Thursday: Eccl 1:2-11; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17bc; Lk 9:7-9
Friday: Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 144:1b, 2abc, 3-4; Lk 9:18-22
Saturday: Eccl 11:9 — 12:8; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17; Lk 9:43b-45
Sunday: Am 6:1a, 4-7; Ps 146:7-10; 1 Tm 6:11-16; Lk 16:19-31

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Catechetical Sunday
Monday: St. Januarius
Tuesday: Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang and Companions
Wednesday: St. Matthew
Thursday: Autumn begins
Friday: St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary

To Love is to Please God

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.” Luke 15:6

Only he (she) who seeks the will of God knows about love. And it is that the one who does not seek the will of God is still deified, mounted on his(her) egocentrism, because if he(she) does not have God in his place of FIRST, he(she) is the one who is in the first place, and the egoistic disorder does not know of true love, because he(she) is deaf and blind to others, since he(she) only listens to him(her)self. He(She) does everything for his(her) own convenience and seeking his(her) own interest, the opposite of the love described in 1 Corinthians 13:4ff.:

“Love is patient, it is kind; … it does not envy, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, it does not delight with injustice, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…”

This is how God loves us; he leaves everything to find us and give us life.

“Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.”Lk 15,4ss

I tell you that, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance. That is why 1 John 5:2 says:

“By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments.”

And his commandments are not heavy. Because everything that is born of God overcomes the world; and what gives us victory over the world is our faith.

Few currently know of this true love, since it is common to think that love is loving the other, when this has to do with selfish desire, or in the best of cases we come to think that loving is pleasing the loved one, but this can also have a lot of mutual satisfaction, which far from being edifying could be harmful, if it is not in tune with the will of God, which is the true good, and therefore the best way to love one’s neighbor.

In short, we can say that loving is not wanting, not even pleasing the other, but that true love is seeking God’s will for the other, because that is the true good of him and the greatest thing we can do for him.

Obviously loving someone at the level of feelings, or feeling sympathy for him(her), makes everything much easier, because it makes the relationship pleasant and one is keen to seek their good. But the truth is that you don’t need to feel that pleasure towards someone to be able to truly love him(her), that is, to be able to help and build him(her), to do him(her) good according to God’s will; We can do this even to someone who does not like us or to some enemy, or to someone who has done us some harm, because to love, feeling is not required but will and lucidity of faith.

Readings for the Week

Monday: 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Lk 7:1-10
Tuesday: 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a; Ps 100:1-5; Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: Nm 21:4b-9; Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-38; Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17
Thursday: 1 Cor 15:1-11; Ps 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28; Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35
Friday: 1 Cor 15:12-20; Ps 17:1bcd, 6-8b, 15; Lk 8:1-3
Saturday: 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Ps 56:10c-14; Lk 8:4-15
Sunday: Am 8:4-7; Ps 113:1-2, 4-8; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13 [10-13]

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Patriot Day; Grandparents’ Day
Monday: The Most Holy Name of Mary
Tuesday: St. John Chrysostom
Wednesday: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Thursday: Our Lady of Sorrows
Friday: Ss. Cornelius and Cyprian
Saturday: St. Robert Bellarmine; St. Hildegard of Bingen; Blessed Virgin Mary

News for September

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is now enrolling for our Youth Programs of EDGE and LIFETEEN. There is no cost to attend these programs. EDGE is our Middle School Ministry that meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm. LIFETEEN is our High School Ministry that meets on certain Fridays from 6:30-8:00pm. Please call the Youth Ministry office for more information (818) 899-0278 Ext 7.

Catechist Needed

Our RCIA program is in need of experienced English Catechists. Those interested must have the following requirements:

  1. Experience as a catechist
  2. Fingerprints and VIRTUS training

Labor Day

Our parish office will be closed on Monday, September 5th, 2022.
Thank you.

Office of Restorative Justice

Deacon Fermin Gomez, representative of this ministry, will be here the weekend of September 24th and 25th, speaking of this ministry which helps the imprisoned in having a new beginning in life.

Catechetical Sunday 2022

Thank you to our catechists for your support, ministry, and service in our parish. May God bless you for your pastoral ministry.

Bulletin Updates

Any ministries wishing to place announcements for Sunday Masses or bulletin, please contact Jesus Jimenez at the parish office:
Monday thru Friday: 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thank You!

We thank all families who have pledged their support for our Called to Renew campaign. Your support towards the construction of our pastoral center is appreciated. If you would like to make a pledge, please contact Melissa Padilla at the parish office.

Did You Know?

Parents helping parents

Some parents seem to struggle with, or just do not understand the importance of being on time for school or for pick-up at the end of a team practice. Children and other parents notice persistent tardiness and concerns about possible a neglect may arise. In today’s climate, a well-meaning parent who steps in to assist with offers to drop-off or pick-up another child may, even under the best of circumstances, become suspect for showing “too much” interest in a child who is not theirs. It is important to find ways to engage parents on such important responsibilities early on. One way to start the process is by inviting them to come together to talk about issues and to brainstorm policies and solutions. For more information, read the VIRTUS® article “Parents who don’t quite ‘get it,” at lacatholics.org/did-you-know/.

Characteristics of the Disciple of Christ

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.” Psalm 90:14

1. The disciples are called. Luke 5:11 illustrates this perfectly. God always makes the first move! Jesus approached the fishermen and invited them.

“You have not chosen me; I have chosen you…”Jn 15

Only after this invitation to discipleship does our decision intervene.

2. The disciples respond consciously to the call of Jesus. We are called; a disciple responds positively to the call. If Peter had not abandoned his nets and followed Jesus, he would not be a disciple. You can’t go on if you don’t make a choice! Leave any idolatry, to follow Jesus.

3. The disciple loves. This is the first sign of a disciple. The love of God and the love of others. Jesus says that others will know that we are his disciples because of our love for our neighbor (Jn 13, 35). It is the main commandment of God.

4. Disciples bear fruit. In fact, Jesus says that bearing fruit shows that you are his disciple.

“The glory of my Father consists in that you bear abundant fruit, and thus you will be my disciples”Jn 15,8

The fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…

5. The disciples are obedient. Go a little further into John 15 and you will find verse 14:

“You are my friends if you do what I command.”

Attention: we cannot be intimate friends of Jesus and be disobedient. And that obedience to God passes through obedience to his Church with which he became one: whoever listens to you listens to me, whoever rejects you rejects me.

6. Disciples listen and learn. In the Scriptures we constantly find Jesus’ disciples learning from him. They listen and then apply his teachings in their lives (or at least they try to). The life of a Christian disciple is a life of listening and learning throughout life, as we see from the early Church in Acts of the Apostles. We listen to him in prayer; we need to live in intimate relationship with God.

7. The disciples follow him. Our life of discipleship begins by following Jesus. We must do what he did, love as he loved, choose what he chose. To be his imitators, as Saint Paul asks us.

“My sheep listen to my voice and follow me.”Jn 10

8. The disciples have their eyes fixed on Heaven. Our current life is not our definitive home. We have been created to live with God forever in eternal happiness. This heavenly home is determined by our decisions in this life. Heaven’s prize is a gift we must keep our eyes on. No one comes to the Father except through me.

9. The disciples carry the cross each day. Jesus said it this way:

“Whoever wants to follow me must deny himself and take up his daily cross and follow me.”Lk 9:23

The cross of not being gods, of having a God and Lord to listen, follow, love and obey.

10. Disciples make other disciples. Lastly, we have to do what Jesus did, which means “make disciples”. It was his last mandate and the only one that we cannot avoid fulfilling personally. Good news, a liberating experience cannot be silenced; it needs to be transmitted and shared with others.

Readings for the Week

Monday: 1 Cor 5:1-8; Ps 5:5-7, 12; Lk 6:6-11, or, for Labor Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Blessings of Human Labor,” nos. 907-911
Tuesday: 1 Cor 6:1-11; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 6:12-19
Wednesday: 1 Cor 7:25-31; Ps 45:11-12, 14-17; Lk 6:20-26
Thursday: Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30; Ps 13:6; Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 [18-23]
Friday: 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27; Ps 84:3-6, 12; Lk 6:39-42
Saturday: 1 Cor 10:14-22; Ps 116:12-13, 17-18; Lk 6:43-49
Sunday: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tm 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32 [1-10]

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: Labor Day
Thursday: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday: St. Peter Claver
Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary

Accept Limitations, Poverty and Differences

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind” Luke 14:13

There are many who do not know how to accept many realities of this world, even when they come across them on a daily basis. With human stubbornness capable of tripping a thousand times on the same stone and still not learn. They do not want to accept the realities that they do not like, be it a disease, a person with physical or psychological limitations, be it their own sin or that of others, their physical appearance etc; they fight
with reality and with God himself for having done things that way.

In the audacity of ignorance, he/she thinks he/she knows more than God, that he believes that he/she knows everything, because his/her world is reduced to the little that he/ she knows personally, without taking into consideration the abyss of realities that he/she ignores.

We must know that we are in gestation to be born to true life when we die. We must therefore accept this stage of our maturation, although we have to regret many imperfections in ourselves, in others, and in everything of this life. For this, let us not get tired of loving and doing good…

When you give a banquet, call the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; and you will be happy because they cannot pay you, because you will be rewarded in the resurrection of the righteous.”Lk 14,13

If we believed that in order to live with someone we must agree on everything, see and think the same, we would not live with anyone, because we would feel cheated by everyone, because the person who sees and wants the same as me has not been born, nor will never be born. No one is perfect nor is to see things the way I do, or to please me. Who we must please is God and from Him we must all learn, each one from the different talents that he/she has received.

We must therefore accept that our neighbor, even close relatives, disappoint our expectation, see and think differently, think the opposite than us. Many differences are natural and legitimate in this world, for having received different talents from God and from life, or different education and training, or for having diverse tastes and preferences, and for so many ways of seeing things and opinions different. Nothing is wrong with that.

What we unite in is in the same revealed truths of faith, in Christian love, the same Holy Spirit that dwells in us, the same dignity and vocation of priests, kings and prophets, to live in holiness, communion and mission. But we do not know need to have the same opinion or have the same tastes to live together in peace, to respect and love each other, to help us grow in holiness and in the experience of our faith.

Although the differences mortify us; although we would like the other to see the same as us and would like the same, we have to respect that he/she has different talents, maybe he/she is a different member in the body of Christ, maybe he/she is in a different growth stage and you must be patient, because he/she does not bear the fruits that you would like. Keep loving him/her and helping him/her grow, try to always be uplifting for him/her to continue climbing steps in his/her own spiritual growth.

Readings for the Week

Monday: 1 Cor 2:1-5; Ps 119:97-102; Mk 6:17-29
Tuesday: 1 Cor 2:10b-16; Ps 145:8-14; Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: 1 Cor 3:1-9; Ps 33:12-15, 20-21; Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: 1 Cor 3:18-23; Ps 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6; Lk 5:1-11
Friday: 1 Cor 4:1-5; Ps 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40; Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: 1 Cor 4:6b-15; Ps 145:17-21; Lk 6:1-5
Sunday: Wis 9:13-18b; Ps 90:3-6, 12-17; Phlm 9-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: The Passion of St. John the Baptist
Thursday: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Friday: First Friday
Saturday: St. Gregory the Great; First Saturday

We Reap what we Sow

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

“People will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.”Luke 13:29

This is why the saying goes, if you don’t like what you reap, check what it is you sow. This should lead us Christians to review well, because we are called to be saints, that is, happy, full of love, and peace; we should be, and if we are not, it is because something is seriously failing. What do we sow? What food are we giving to our souls?

If one wants to be an architect, he will have to go to an architecture college and soak up as much knowledge as he can about that area. He will not end up being an architect if he goes to study medicine or biology. We can meditate: what do we listen more to, to the world without faith or to the Church of Christ? What are we filling our minds more with, paganism or truths of faith? We will reap what we sow.

They say that the mind is like a mill that will give you according to what you put into it. If you put stones, you will get gravel; if you put wheat, flour. What do we let in more in us: wheat of God or tares and lies? If we want to be saints, we cannot nourish ourselves with lies and spend ourselves thinking about sin, because that will be what we will sow.

If we want to live our Christian vocation, our new life in Christ, we should manage to nourish our soul with the food that He himself offers us by his Word and by the Church that is guided by himself. On the contrary, we will not reach the goal we want to reach. It would be like going to the wrong college. If I want to achieve sainthood, I must look for what helps me to achieve that goal, listen to what brings me closer to it, and move away from what prevents and hinders me.

If I want to win a swimming medal, I’m not going to train in boxing every day, because that’s not what will make me a better swimmer. What can we do to get closer to the ideal that God calls us to? If we listen to the devil and the world we will not improve. On the contrary, we will continue to move further and further away from the goal. If we want to follow Christ, we must listen to Him, through his messengers, his Priests and preachers, in his Church.

“My sheep listen to my voice and follow me.”John 10

But it shouldn’t surprise us that we don’t love him more or come closer to holiness, if instead of listening to Him, we listen much more to people without God and without faith, world and our flesh. It shouldn’t be surprising that the one who was training in boxing lost the swimming competition; it’s natural that the one who got into listening about biology didn’t pass the architecture exam. If we listen all day to the world, it is natural that we think like the world and do not have the wisdom to God.

“Therefore, brothers, I beseech you by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your rational worship. And do not adapt to this world, but transform yourselves by renewing your mind, so that you may verify what is the will of God: what is good, acceptable and perfect.”Romans 12

Readings for the Week

Monday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2; Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14; 1 Cor 15:54b-57; Lk 11:27-28 Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10-12, 16; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56
Tuesday: Ez 28:1-10; Dt 32:26-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday: Ez 34:1-11; Ps 23:1-6; Mt 20:1-16
Thursday: Ez 36:23-28; Ps 51:12-15, 18-19; Mt 22:1-14
Friday: Ez 37:1-14; Ps 107:2-9; Mt 22:34-40
Saturday: Ez 43:1-7ab; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 23:1-12
Sunday: Is 66:18-21; Ps 117:1, 2; Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Lk 13:22-30

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday: St. Stephen of Hungary
Friday: St. John Eudes

Everything Human is Critical

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Jesus endured the Cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.”Hebrews 12:2

Even the most virtuous and meritorious person can be the object of all kinds of criticism, as in fact were the saints and Jesus Christ himself being God, and it is that our human condition is part of the imperfection of nature and of this world, as a consequence of sin.

We are and will always be limited and incomplete, and we see only partially. This means that he who does not limp on one foot limps on the other and that, if he does one thing well, he can’t do others. Nobody can do everything and be good at everything. That is why those who have a critical attitude will spend their lives criticizing and will never lack something to criticize. But, what is that about? To criticize? To report? I think not. Christ did not trace that path for us, but that of announcing the Good News, preaching the Kingdom, and each one will take what he wants or what he can, according to his lights and abilities.

For example, what does one gain from criticizing the Church? It is throwing earth against the roof itself, because we are a body. Rather, we should all focus on being spiritually healthy, on being holy, and this is the best way to transmit holiness and help others to heal and sanctify themselves; it is the best help we can give to the Church, more than any criticism.

Let us also consider what Jesus says:

“…whatever you do to the least of them, you do it to me.”Mt 25

“Whoever rejects you rejects me.”Lk 10,16

The truth must always go together with charity, therefore defamation is also a sin because, even if it is true, if it is not going to build, we should not divulge the evil or imperfection committed, since it is a way of spreading tares. We must have charity towards the sinner and help him with fraternal corrections, proposing and never imposing, because that will not help at all. And what we cannot change, accept it as a healthy penance, as we accept the limitations that life itself imposes on us, part of the cross of each day to be disciples of Christ.

“Let no harmful word come out of your mouth, but what is good for the necessary edification.”Ephesians 4,29

From here it is understood that the Church cannot do much with its own critics, since most of these criticisms come from a partial view that focuses on looking for lack and error, and there will be no lack, because no one does things as we would like, but is not in our hands to change, because we are limited, we have limited people and forces, talents and restricted capacities.

Jesus himself was criticized, as the Church, Bishops, Priests and laity continue to be. Jesus predicted it to us, that he would bring division, because not everyone wants to receive the light from him. What do we do? No one can change anyone but himself. And no one is born to meet one’s expectations; whom we must please and to whom we will all render accounts of the talents received will be God.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2; Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14; 1 Cor 15:54b-57; Lk 11:27-28 Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10-12, 16; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56
Tuesday: Ez 28:1-10; Dt 32:26-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday: Ez 34:1-11; Ps 23:1-6; Mt 20:1-16
Thursday: Ez 36:23-28; Ps 51:12-15, 18-19; Mt 22:1-14
Friday: Ez 37:1-14; Ps 107:2-9; Mt 22:34-40
Saturday: Ez 43:1-7ab; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 23:1-12
Sunday: Is 66:18-21; Ps 117:1, 2; Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Lk 13:22-30

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday: St. Stephen of Hungary
Friday: St. John Eudes

Let Us Meditate with Jesus

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding.”Luke 12:35

Holiness is the highest vocation and dignity that God wants for every human being, it is the wisdom and love that we will all have in heaven, and that we are called to begin on earth. Sublime, divine, eternal vocation, full of life, freedom, happiness. It is life in abundance that Christ came to give us and gave us through the gift of the Spirit, the sanctifier.

Holiness is freedom from attachment, idols, selfish disorders. It is the availability to do the will of God because that is what is most desirable. Mary gave us a good example of this: Let it be done to me according to your word. Before God’s plans, our own plans themselves vanish. And that will be her request for all of us as well: do what He tells you.

It is a matter of trust in Him more than in anyone, more than in ourselves. I trust Him, that his will is the best, much better than mine, because He knows more, sees more, knows more, and I, on the other hand, see little and distorted. We should not trust ourselves. We should trust God, absolutely, totally, unquestionably. His will is the best, because only he sees what we cannot see, both in the present and in the future. Let’s trust him.

And that trust will lead us to always seek his will, unquestionably. If I know that he tells me something, I do it; if I know he wants something, I do it. It is not in question. It is God who tells me, sometimes through his Church, through one of his anointed, then without a doubt it is the best for me and for everyone. Indeed, it is not my will that I must fulfill but that of God. I am as close to God as I am to his will.

Only by doing his will do I truly love him and I can say that I have faith. If I don’t seek his will, even if my ego is deceived into thinking I have faith, because he is a catechist, priest or bishop, but doesn’t have faith or love for God.

“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”Jn 14:19s

If he tells me not to steal, I don’t steal. Although I have it easy, within my reach, without anyone seeing me. Neither small nor big. Trusting in God will lead me to distrust myself and the flesh, as Jeremiah 17:6 says:

“Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength, and his heart departs from the LORD…”

Therefore, we should not think that it is very difficult; it is impossible for man, but for that he gave us his Spirit, to make it possible. As Saint Thomas said, to be a saint you need three things: to want, to want and to want. That’s all. The one who is not, is because he lacks the conviction to love him really and from the heart. The most complete science is that the man in Grace ends, because at the end of the day the one who is saved knows and the one who is not, knows nothing. Luke 12:43:

“Blessed is the servant whose master, upon returning, finds him fulfilling his duty…”

Readings for the Week

Monday: Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c; Ps 148:1-2, 11-14; Mt 17:22-27
Tuesday: Ez 2:8 — 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103,111, 131; Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Wednesday: 2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 112:1-2, 5-9; Jn 12:24-26
Thursday: Ez 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-59, 61-62: Mt 18:21 — 19:1
Friday: Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Mt 19:3-12
Saturday: Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32; Ps 51:12-15, 18-19; Mt 19:13-15
Sunday: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40:2-4, 18; Heb 12:1-4; Lk 12:49-53

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: St. Dominic
Tuesday: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Wednesday: St. Lawrence
Thursday: St. Clare
Friday: St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Saturday: Ss. Pontian and Hippolytus; Blessed Virgin Mary

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