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Work On Your Soul

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“We are his people: the sheep of his flock.”Ps. 100

We are all as if in the womb, in gestation, in maturation to be born to eternal life. We need to collaborate with the action of the Sanctifying Spirit, putting the best of us to be better; not better than others, but better than yesterday. It is not about surpassing others, but about surpassing ourselves every day, to bring out the best in us, with God’s help and grace.

“Therefore, in this way I run, not as without having a goal; in this way I fight, not as if beating the air, but I strike my body and make it my slave, lest, having preached to others, I myself be disqualified.”1 Corinthians 9:26ff

When one person is wrong, everyone but him realizes. The lack of empathy is evident to those around the person, as Well as foolishness, arrogance, arrogance, self-centeredness and many other defects that everyone can see, because they are easily seen from the outside, but can not be seen by the same person, nor the spots on the face or back.

This should make us want to receive fraternal corrections, if we want to improve and advance in our human and spiritual growth, because we all need them, there is much that we do not see if they do not tell us. Christians should be lovers and seekers of truth, growth, and holiness, and so we should exhort those around us to tell us what they do not see well about us, not according to their tastes or preferences, but according to the gospel, and whatever they see correct.

ALWAYS WANTING TO IMPROVE, more avidly than the medical student longs to become a good doctor. We should all yearn to be the best possible version of ourselves, for this is the purpose of life in this world, to mature spiritually to be born to eternal Life when we run out of time on this earth.

To be a better person, a better child of God; to live better the ideal to which Jesus calls us, to manifest more and better every day the love of God to all, to have more and more freedom every day of the children of God, from all attachment and bondage, from every vice, sin or slavery.

Life is not given to us every day just to waste or kill time, nor to walk or browse, nor to please our instincts, but to live more and better our divine vocation and our mission to be light of the world, to overflow with fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, meekness and self-control (Galatians 5:22). We must abound in good fruits, for the benefit of ourselves and our neighbor, (as today’s Gospel asks us) and it is only possible from union with Him.

“He who abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing. God is with us and will always support us in this task, because only He can lead us to freedom, truth and full life.”John 15:5

Readings for the Week

Sunday: Ex 19:2-6a/Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5 (3c)/Rom 5:6-11/Mt 9:36—10:8
Monday: 2 Cor 6:1-10/Ps 98:1, 2b, 3ab, 3cd-4/Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday: 2 Cor 8:1-9/Ps 146:2, 5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9a/Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday: 2 Cor 9:6-11/Ps 112:1bc-2, 3-4, 9/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: 2 Cor 11:1-11/Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 7-8/Mt 6:7-15
Friday: 2 Cor 11:18, 21-30/Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7/Mt 6:19-23
Saturday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10/Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17/1 Pt 1:8-12/Lk 1:5-17
Day: Is 49:1-6/Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15/Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80
Next Sunday: Jer 20:10-13/Ps 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 (14c)/Rom 5:12-15/Mt 10:26-33

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Father’s Day
Monday: St. Romuald, Abbot
Tuesday: World Refugee Day
Wednesday: St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
Thursday: St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop; Sts. John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs
Saturday: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Next Sunday: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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