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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Jesus I trust in You!! Help me to live and proclaim Your Love and Truth always!! Posted by Hello
You know the Holy Spirit can hit you right between the eyes with these readings sometimes and it happened again to me for today's readings. There will be persons in our lives that absolutely get under our (my) skin and I become angry. However, Our Blessed Lord, does not say 'well ok you can hate so and so but love everyone else'. NO, He commands us -not recommeneds- to Love our enemies even those that irritate us in our daily lives. I like to fill my thoughts of the Holy Martyrs who gave their lives for Christ and the entire time prayed for the persicutors in a ultimate FIAT of love. I would bet if you were to talk to one of those men or women that are now in heaven with God I bet they would say that it was only after they offered up the little Fiats that they were ready to tackle the big one. I bet they would tell me or you that they to had certain people that irritated them and that they had to learn to love them so that they could love the people that put them to death. I would venture to say that if I was to ask St. Therese or St. John of the Cross that they would admit that they had to learn to love and learn to pray for the irritating person that did this or that in their daily life. I would bet they would say to me or you something like 'no one ever said it was easy but it is well worth it'. I wonder if St. Joseph ever had a nagging customer or two come into his carpenter's shop and bug him or even yell at him....what do you think he would say...more than likely the same thing 'no one ever said love was easy but it is well worth the sacrifice you make'.
I don't belive that we as Christian's should (nor are we asked to) just lay down and let other run ruffshod over us or others...if we did that there would not be a Pro Life movement. Yes, we have to take a stand. We have to defend those we love from undue harm or protect the innocent. What we can do is speak with Love and Truth to those who irritate us and those who choose to think of themselves rather than those who can not protect their self. Most of all we (I) have to pray for those that 'get under our skin' and pray not that our will be done with them but that God's Will is done and through His Love, Truth and Grace that someday, whether we ever know about it or not, that they may Glorify Christ in their lives and dwell with Him in eternity. The same Jesus Christ that commands us to love our enemy and gave His life doing so is also the same Jesus Christ that tossed out the tax collectors on their ear in the Temple and chastised quite a few folks with His Truth. We must always love those who irritate us and even persicute us with out fail but we also have to proclaim His Truth with His Love. We don't allow others to pull us to their level or into sin...never and we also must defend within the laws of God and human law ourselves and especially innocent people from undue harm- physical, economic or emotional. I guess it is a tight rope or actually in more correct terms a narrow path that we have to walk between Love and Truth...between Life and Death. So, yes no one ever said it was easy but it will be worth it to not only enter into His Eternal Kingdom but also when we make it there to see that those that we prayed for: those same irritating people to know that they are there rejoycing in Christ's Kingdom also rather than ending up in eternal torment- because no one prayed for them or showed them His Way of Truth and Love.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

June 14th, 2005

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I
2 Cor 8:1-9

We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of God
that has been given to the churches of Macedonia,
for in a severe test of affliction,
the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty
overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
For according to their means, I can testify,
and beyond their means, spontaneously,
they begged us insistently for the favor of taking part
in the service to the holy ones,
and this, not as we expected,
but they gave themselves first to the Lord
and to us through the will of God,
so that we urged Titus that, as he had already begun,
he should also complete for you this gracious act also.
Now as you excel in every respect,
in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness,
and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.

I say this not by way of command,
but to test the genuineness of your love
by your concern for others.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that for your sake he became poor although he was rich,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 146:2, 5-6ab, 6c- 7, 8-9a

R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, my soul!
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.

R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.

R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
Who keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.

R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.

R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.

Mt 5:43-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
"You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."
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