Victory

Our Great Defender – First Reading in Preparation for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Great Defender – First Reading in Preparation for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

I do not know what struggle you are facing nor how hard and bitter the fight. I do know that we all tremble when we see the hosts arrayed against us. Every one of us comes, from time to time, to the place where we cry in terror, “Alas, my Master! What shall we do”. God’s gentle reply is always, “Fear not, for those who are with you are more than those who are with them.” My hope for you is that in all such times, Elisha’s prayer will be answered again–“O Lord open his eyes that he or she may see”–and you will see the reality that has always been there: we are surrounded by the Lord’s hosts and chariots of fire.

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A Beauty that Prevails – Gospel Reading for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Beauty that Prevails – Gospel Reading for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To make a more practical analogy, if you have a coworker that breaths fire—they are abrasive, impatient or overbearing—the right response is not to replicate that behavior, but balance it with kindness, love, and patience… this kind of active resistance, even in the form of our deference, is the means by which we resist the threat of the weeds, so that the goodness in ourselves and in our neighbors is able to grow. This patience, this perceived non-action, is often the holiest action we can take. It is the outward expression of our belief in God’s infinite goodness and justice, that even as darkness thickens and contracts upon us, there is an enduring light manifest in the grace of God and our faith that “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

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Hope Borne of Suffering – Second Reading of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Hope Borne of Suffering – Second Reading of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Pascal says that God will give you just enough light, that if you want to find him you will, but not so much light that if you don’t want to find him, you won’t. God does not force himself upon us, yet we know him to be true. He does not force eternal life on us, yet the desire for it is inscribed in our hearts (Eccl 3:11). Thus, we must choose to live for this life, despite the barriers that the enemy puts in our way. Hope is a grace, yes, but a grace that we must be willing to accept. We must take solace in the word of God, that it is a reliable glimpse of the glorious life that awaits us when we are truly born.

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The Redeeming Power of Love – John 21

The Redeeming Power of Love – John 21

No doubt this is why Peter, perhaps more than any other disciple, knew the powerful truth that “love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) It is not because love blinds us to one another’s sins. It is because through our love for one another, but most especially through our love for the Lord, we become transformed, conformed to His image. Love, says St. Thomas Aquinas, conforms the lover to the beloved. As we express our love for God in acts of service, humility and affection we become increasingly like Him , our sinful nature is increasingly redeemed by Him and the wounds brought about by our sins begin to find healing.

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