Heart,soul,mind,and strength-means I’m totally in!
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Aim not to avoid suffering, rather aim to suffer well.
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking * in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church,
Jesus really ups the ante with today’s reading. You can’t just follow the law, you must be righteous in every thought, word and deed.
Holiness is doing the will of God willingly.
St. Theresa of Calcutta
In Christ the moral law is written on our hearts.
A guest entry from my niece:
All I picked up was from how the priest connected the salt with the world.
It is with our charitable deeds that we preach the gospel.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35
So this isn’t scripture or homily related but a thought I had at mass today.
There is a guy that a group of us had the pleasure of meeting and a retreat for another parish and he often goes to morning mass where I do.
The passion that this man has for the Lord is absolutely amazing. An example from the retreat is that instead of just signing up for an hour of adoration he slept in the adoration chapel overnight to be near to the Lord for the most amount of time possible.
And in mass he just has such an emphasis on each response it is truly amazing.
I feel like he gets contemptuous looks from other parishioners, but he should be getting looks of admiration for his fire for the lord.
I wish my passion, if I have it, were more visual like this.
Recognize your need for God and his grace. Be unattached to this world, find your security in the Lord and rely on his mercy. That is what it means to be poor in spirit.
By replacing blessed with “God is with” we can see how God chooses to be with us at all times.