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Trust In The Lord

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”Ps. 95

It is the great problem of human beings, distrust. Especially in this last minute of history, influenced by the media that constantly speak to us of all the evils, the shows and movies that only show sin and wickedness have made people more distrustful and suspicious. This has negative consequences, as it is the cause of many separations and family ruptures due to the tendency to think poorly, even without evidence, due to a lack of love for the truth. People decide to distrust.

The same phenomenon can also occur regarding God himself. We have countless proofs of his existence and love; the entire creation proclaims the greatness and beauty of the creator, existence and life itself, divine revelation through centuries of prophets and the Son of God made man, his miracles and words, his resurrection witnessed by the apostles, etc. However, many, without reasonable reasons, decide to discard all of this and prefer to make the decision to distrust and not believe in God.

This erroneous decision is always instigated by the devil, the ruler of this world and the father of lies, and by the world, which along with selfish disorder, are the enemies of the soul. Indeed, the media by indoctrination have greatly influenced people by presenting a world without God; they believe that it is normal to live without God, as seen on TV or in movies. The ego itself prefers not to believe, to continue being self-deified, with no one to tell it what is good or bad, as it wants to decide for itself and continue doing whatever it pleases, driven by its tendency to the seven deadly sins.

It is comparable to a 5-year-old child or a teenager who believes they know more than their parents, who does not want to do what their mother tells them, even though they are told it is for their own good. When asked to go to the doctor, undergo treatment, or make an effort to go to school and study, the child believes they know better than their parents and does not want to be told anything, as they want to do their will alone, without thinking about the negative consequences.

Like a wild horse that serves no purpose because it cannot be ridden, unlike a well-tamed horse trained for bullfighting, races, or dances that are exhibited for everyone’s admiration. It is the difference between the wise person who listens to God and trusts in Him, and the fool who only wants to do what is easy and comfortable, led by their own selfish disorder that de- stroys their life on the wrong paths they take.

Whether to do or not do His will is the difference between receiving God and His salvation or not receiving it, between wisdom/divine life, and foolishness that leads to destruction. And this depends on trust in Him. The one who trusts in God does His will because he knows it is always the best choice. The one who does not do it is because he relies more on his own selfish disorder and narrow-mindedness than on God, like the teenager who thinks he knows more than his parents and does not obey them. LET US ALLOW JESUS TO LIBERATE AND ENRICH US. HIS WORD HAS AUTHORITY OVER UNCLEAN SPIRITS.”

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Dt 18:15-20/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 (8)/1 Cor 7:32-35/Mk 1:21-28
Monday: 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13/Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7/Mk 5:1-20
Tuesday: 2 Sm 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30-19:3/Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6/Mk 5:21-43
Wednesday: 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17/Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 71/Mk 6:1-6
Thursday: 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12/1 Chr 29:10, 1lab, 11d-12a, 12bcd/Mk 6:7-13
Friday: Mal 3:1-4/Heb 2:14-18/Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32
Saturday: 1 Kgs 3:4-13/Ps 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14/Mk 6:30-34
Next Sunday: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7/Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (see 3a)/1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23/Mk 1:29-39

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
Wednesday: St. John Bosco, Priest
Friday: The Presentation of the Lord, World Day for Consecrated Life
Saturday: St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr; St. Ansgar, Bishop
Next Sunday: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time