St. John Paul II

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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Compelled to Speak – First Reading of the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Compelled to Speak – First Reading of the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Just as God so loved the world that he sent his Son (John 3:16), so God so loves the world that he has sent them prophets and continues to do so today…This is no bleak and dismal message. It is a glorious one. We have been called by God to greatness, to speak for him in a dark time, to warn of death and to offer life and in doing so to save many–perhaps an entire society. We are called to be heroes. I will admit it can be scary, but it is most assuredly not bleak. What is called for is not resentful resignation to the call, but a glad and courageous embracing of it.

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