The scriptures tell us that after listening to Jesus explain the truth of the Resurrection, the Sadducees went away in silence Meanhile the crowd who believed was astonished. What a stark contrast! Pride renders us silent. It prevents us from being amazed. But if we give Our Lord access to our hearts...if we are willing to learn (like the crowd was)...we will be wowed by Him. Everything changes...
Jesus said "give to Caesar what is Caesar's but give to God what is God's." Do we actually do this? Do we really give God our time, our talent and our treasure? Disciples give becuase they know God and His infinite goodness. Jesus never had to ask his disciples to give. They did it becuase their lives were changed by Him.
Holiness is not about paying God lipservice. It's about backing up our words with actions. It's about living what we say we believe. No matter what has happened in your past, you can be a great saint. Here are 3 things you can do to jumpstart your spiritual life...and get on the path to true holiness.
Jesus left the comfy confines of Heaven to come to find laborers for the vineyard. If we are truly Christians--people who follow Christ--we too must leave the comfy confines of our churches and go out to bring others in. Is this easy? No. Will it cost us something? Yes. Is it necessary and rewarding? Absolutely.
Padre Pio was a man with many miraculous gifts. He had the stigmata, the ability to bilocate and the gift of being able to read hearts. But those gifts aren't why he is a saint. He is a saint becuase of his great love for the Eucharist, Confession and the Blessed Mother. Padre Pio, pray for us.
When God forgives us our sins, He allows us the freedom we need to start over again. When we extend mercy, we give others the freedom to start over as well. In today's Gospel Jesus shows us how radical the gift of mercy really is. He also shows us how we are to obtain this gift.
To love someone is to will their good--their eternal good (their salvation). To remain silent when a loved-one turns to evil is not an act of charity, but an act of spiritual neglect. Both the Prophet Ezekiel and Jesus Christ show us what true love looks like in today's readings. Warning: it is not easy to truly love.
Forbes listed the top 10 most powerful people in the world--people like Putin, Trump, Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. While they may be powerful in a worldly sense, God gives us true power at Mass...IF we pray like the Canaanite woman in today's gospel.