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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

We Are Citizens from Heaven

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!”Ps. 146

We could all say this as Christians, disciples of Christ; this is our IDENTITY CARD: I am a beloved child of God, I have been sent to be a light in this world, to bring the truth that frees, that eases burdens, that enables to take up the cross with love, which gives hope and love.

I am in this world passing through. I could leave today for my heavenly homeland, although I still do not know it, but God gave me citizenship so that I can enter this world when it is my turn to die. I have been anointed with the Holy Spirit who made me a son in the Son, Jesus Christ. For this reason, I have been called to be holy, because the Sanctifying Spirit is in me to guide me, to act, to sanctify me and make me light of the world.

I have been called and sent to be a gift of God to the world, a healthy member of the body of Christ who helps other members to heal and recover divine life. For this I have been anointed, God wants to continue to love and act through us who are his Church.

Christ became one with his Church and with you, as he clearly shows us in Baptism and in the Eucharist; for this reason, he assures us that we are his and we will not go unrewarded even with giving a glass of water to someone for being his disciple. He who receives you, receives Him and he who rejects you, rejects Him.

I am a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me through the Sacraments and through the living of his Word. God wants to continue giving his life in abundance through me.

I fully accept this banishment, with all its consequences, with its imperfections, limitations and suffering, because I know that it is a consequence of sin and I recognize that there is much more that I do not see or understand than what I see, for this reason I trust in God to love and accept everything with love and faith. God wants my life to be a permanent “yes” to all of this, an acceptance of the cross each day, so that I can be his disciple and witness to his love.

I am yours, Lord, that is why I must tell you from the bottom of my heart, totally trusting in your paternal love and maternal, what you want and when you want, because I am yours and I am here to serve you forever, for all eternity. Make me yours, make me docile to your Holy Spirit and your divine will. Help me to always please you and keep me from all evil, from what you don’t like. But you already know how weak I am, if I am going to have to carry a cross, make me strong to carry it or carry it through me. I can die today if it is your holy will, all you want and when you want, because I know that I must trust you more than me. I know nothing, you know everything, I am at your disposal. Thank my Lord. I want to live here the values of Heaven, which I will live throughout eternity with the blessed and joyous Saints: humble, in truth, clean of heart, thirsty for justice and fighting for it, willing to die for the Truth, because only in these values do I find peace and happiness.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Heb 11:32-40; Ps 31:20-24; Mk 5:1-20
Tuesday: Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-28, 30-32; Mk 5:21-43
Wednesday: Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Ps 103:1-2, 13-14,17-18a; Mk 6:1-6
Thursday: Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7-10; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32]
Friday: Heb 13:1-8; Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8b-9; Mk 6:14-29
Saturday: Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Ps 23:1-6; Mk 6:30-34
Sunday: Is 58:7-10; Ps 112:4-9; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Mt 5:13-16