Charity

The Call to Justice – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

The Call to Justice – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

“If you are trying to live a life in accordance with the Bible, the concept and call to justice are inescapable. We do justice when we give all human beings their due as creations of God. Doing justice includes not only the righting of wrongs, but generosity and social concern, especially toward the poor and vulnerable. This kind of life reflects the character of God.” (Tim Keller, Generous Justice pg. 18)

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Whom do We Serve?- Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whom do We Serve?- Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Certainly all of us, no matter what our financial position, should pause and evaluate the role money and possessions play in our lives. They can be wonderful servants but are hellish masters. Only One deserves the title “Master” in our lives, and in his service comes not hell but heaven. Jesus is Lord.

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All About Grace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

All About Grace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is not just that in Christ they have received an example to emulate; it is that in Christ they have received God himself, pouring himself out to and for people so that they might be near him and have life in him. Having received this incomparable grace, they are called to become sources of it through their own self-giving in the world around them, in order that others, too, might have that life.

And in so doing, they not only give themselves to the world around them, but they give the One who is in them and acts through them.

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True Submission to the King – Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King

True Submission to the King – Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King

Divine worship then, recognition of Christ’s kingship and dominion over us, is not only carried out through our devotion in prayer, but by the acts of charity that come from our submission to him. It means answering that call to give to someone whom we may fear, or resent or even mistrust. Worship is choosing the sacrificial way that declares not only to yourself, but to your neighbor, that despite what the television may tell us, God is not dead, and he loves us all.

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What Will You Do? – First Reading of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

What Will You Do? – First Reading of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is hardly a book in which God does not reiterate his expectations of justice for and charity towards the widow, orphan, alien and the poor…it is very clear that it is not sufficient that his people simply “Do no harm” towards these individuals. God expected and expects his people to not just avoid the occasion of sin, but rather to actively promote the very justice that communicates His own heart for those whom he has created in love: that is, to be actively engaged in securing the well-being of the most vulnerable in society.

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Unity and Sacrifice – Second Reading for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Unity and Sacrifice – Second Reading for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Let us not forget that beyond our identity as Christian individuals there is an innate connection that we share with all people. While compassion manifests itself in many forms, we must yearn to struggle through the discernment of what is best for our brothers and sisters that we may best serve them. Strive to prayerfully accept the challenge of showing compassion to someone that perplexes or refuses you. Pray for someone you cannot see. Prayer is the most effective means through which we shed a layer of our soul; it may be used to shroud someone else in God’s love. Pray, as vehemently as St. Paul did, that we constantly move closer to a more perfect unity with God and with each other.

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