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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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