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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

And You, How Do You Decide?

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” Luke 10:40

Let Us Meditate with Jesus

The choices we make in life have deep roots and enormous consequences, however, we take them lightly, naively, as if try to choose between rice or spaghetti.

But when one sins, he is saying to God: I don’t believe you, I don’t love you, I trust you more. me than of you He is covering God’s eyes and mouth, or rather he is covering himself. himself to at that moment not see God because he wants to do something behind his back.

The person who decides not to believe in God, nor to approach Him, or to believe in the God that wants to invent itself in his mind, without entering the Church that He left us, to draw closer to Him, he is telling God the same thing: I don’t love you, I don’t believe you, I trust you, more about me.

But that is what he is also saying to the entire Church, to thousands of bishops and priests, to all the nuns and monks consecrated to God, to all the believers and saints of the past, of the present and of the future: you are wrong, you are wasting the. time, you have invested life uselessly, you have, you have based your life on a lie. They believe that studying theology, going on retreats, praying, writing about God, etc. it is pure waste of time or worse, damaging spread of repressive lies.

This happens without awareness of such a thing, without thinking about it, but if we put light and we make the implicit explicit, this is what we find behind these postures, taken lightly and with apparent innocence or naivety, seeming that everything is equally valid, as if it were any buffet to take or leave your own craving of each.

They believe that by not going to masses, congresses, retreats, etc., they are not missing out on nothing, they believe that praying or going to mass is fooling themselves or wasting their time. They believe that in confession nothing is received, not even in the Eucharist, they believe that it is not really the body of Christ, because if they believed it they would want to receive it and they would not miss it; but in reality they do not care about receiving it or not receiving it, it is a zero to the left.

They can see only the appearance, the exterior, the human, and admire some fruits humans, both those who believe and those who do not believe, for them that of believing is the least, because they only see the exterior, the apparent and superficial, they do not realize of the abysmal difference between the one who is united to God and the one who is not, for one is prepared to die without fear and the other should be terrified of that his life in this world is over.

Mary was at the feet of Jesus, listening to him. Jesus said that she chose the best part… The task is important, to function in this world. But she listens and Meditation of the Word of God is necessary to have divine and eternal Life.

Action and decisions must be illuminated and driven by the light of God, by meditating on his word, not by the world or by human selfishness.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Mi 6:1-4, 6-8; Ps 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85:2-8; Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday: Jer 1:1, 4-10; Ps 71:1-4a, 5-6ab, 15, 17; Mt 13:1-9
Thursday: Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 26:6-7ab, 8-11; Mt 13:10-17
Friday: Sg 3:1-4b or 2 Cor 5:14-17; Ps 63:2-6, 8-9; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Saturday: Jer 7:1-11; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a, 11; Mt 13:24-30
Sunday: Gen 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-3, 6-8; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: St. Camillus de Lellis
Wednesday: St. Apollinaris
Thursday: St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Friday: St. Mary Magdalene
Saturday: St. Bridget of Sweden; Blessed Virgin Mary