MY daily reflection and prayer:
Monday, July 13, 2015
Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Matthew 10:34-11:1
Jesus Christ says, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me. He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” And when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
THERE are some interesting themes in the Gospel today but let’s focus on this word of Jesus. He says, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” What does it mean? What kind of sword is it?
First of all, it is not a physical weapon that cuts people down, but a spiritual weapon that cuts through the inner core of our being. It cuts the corruption of sinful thoughts and intentions as well as the lies and deception of Satan and his kingdom of darkness.
Secondly, the sword Jesus speaks is the sword of the Spirit. It is the word of God. To the Ephesians, St. Paul describes that God’s word is like the “sword of the Spirit” (Eph 6:17). We also read in the scripture that God’s word is like a sharp two-edged sword that “pierces to the division of soul and spirit… discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebr 4:12).
We have to trust in God and his word only that we will live peacefully personally and with others. But it is not easy for us to keep faithfully his word. We will be in conflict between the willing of following the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship and follow Jesus Christ who came to overthrow Satan’s power and to set us free from everything that would hold us back from knowing, loving, and serving God who has loved each one of us with boundless mercy, compassion, and goodness. There we learn to choose his love as the first in our lives by contemplating his word and worshipping him as the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, your word is like a sharp two-edged sword that pierces to the division of soul and spirit. May your word cleans us from the power of sin. Help us to receive your word and trust in you now and forever. Amen.
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