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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

In Sin Lies Penance

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.”Ps. 130

The “world” turned its back on God and did not open the door of the heart to Him. Many believe they know more and better than God, just like the devil himself; in fact, we take the same path, like Adam and Eve, preferring to follow the path of fallen and rebellious angels rather than that of Mary and Jesus in their docility, trust, and obedience to God.

AND WE SUFFER THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES OF SIN: seeking happiness where it is not and suffering much more as a consequence of sin, besides being lost in the middle of the desert without water to quench the thirst of the soul, like sheep without a shepherd, without a way, truth, or life, without taking the path of eternal Life that gives us hope, resigned to conclude life in a tomb. Ignoring that the soul does not remain in the grave, for according to Jesus’ teaching, it will suffer condemnation, in the hell made for the devil and his angels, for having closed the heart to God and not having believed in Him; this is the sin against the Spirit of truth, considering Him a liar by not believing in Him, who is the truth, thus rejecting His gift of love of salvation.

How to open the eyes of so many blinds? how to be light in the midst of darkness if many reject the light and prefer their darkness and sin? Jesus gives us His light through revelation and resorted to miracles to help us believe in Him. Also warning us of the consequences of not accepting His salvation and love: to reach hell if we do not believe and if we do not keep His word which can save us by practicing it. And what to do in the midst of this blind world that has chosen the path of perdition?

We are called not to live like faithless people who live only for this world, disregarding eternal life. Through faith we receive eternal life and we are citizens of heaven: Trusting in God and doing His will we are His friends, His mother and His brothers, His beloved intimates with whom He can count on, destined for eternal Life. Faith-trust makes a huge difference in our lives, it makes us new creatures, children of God.

“…But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”John 1:12

Those who close themselves to believing in divine revelation suffer much more in this world and forever, as God assures us and as we can see daily. Those who do not believe or follow the path of life lack hope and meaning to accept the cross and death, therefore they suffer much more. Faith opens us to new Life in Christ even now and to the firm hope of eternal life with God in Heaven.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Gn 3:9-15/Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (7bc)/ 2 Cor 4:13-5:11/Mk 3:20-35
Monday: 1 Kgs 17:1-6/Ps 121:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8/Mt 5:1-12
Tuesday: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3/Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6/Mt 5:13-16
Wednesday: 1 Kgs 18:20-39/Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab and 8, 11/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: 1 Kgs 18:41-46/Ps 65:10, 11, 12-13/Mt 5:20-26
Friday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16/Ps 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14/Mt 5:27-32
Saturday: 1 Kgs 19:19-21/Ps 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10/Mt 5:33-37
Next Sunday: EZ 17: 22-24/Ps 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (see 2a)/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Tuesday: St. Barnabas, Apostle
Thursday: St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Friday: Flag Day
Next Sunday: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Father’s Day

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