MY daily reflection and prayer:
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Matthew 10:24-33
Jesus Christ says, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el’zebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
JESUS Christ says, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” What is the meaning of this word of Jesus?
Jesus Christ wants us to have the fear of God. How can it be? Let’s learn from the psalmist who prayed, “O fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no want! Come, O sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:9,11). We fear to God for he has made us in love and sustains us in mercy and kindness as well.
The fear of God leads us to the spiritual maturity and wisdom. It frees us from the tyranny of sinful pride in the face of evil and spiritual deception. It is the trust in God’s grace and mercy and also the obedience to his word.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn to fear God and suffer for the faith by sharing in the work of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus Christ had to trust in God and obey him carry his cross, so we must bear our own cross and not try to evade it.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, grant us the Holy Spirit who gives us supernatural power, freedom, and grace to live as your disciples. Give us the strength and perseverance we need to follow your will and to embrace our cross each day for the sake of our salvation. May we witness to others the joy of the Gospel, peace, and righteousness forever and ever. Amen.
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