Thursday, November 13, 2014

Philemon 7-20, Psalm 146:6-10, Luke 17:20-25

DAILY MASS READINGS

Philemon 7-20, Psalm 146:6-10, Luke 17:20-25


Philemon 7-20

Verse 8-9 say, "Because of this, although in Christ I have the freedom to command what you should do, yet I pre­fer to request you in love. "

When we live as true members of the family of God, strong in the faith, serving one another in love, caring for everyone as we would Christ Himself, then yes, we have the freedom to command in love what we desire a member of God's family to do. Yet, we refrain from commanding, we always ask in love that which we can expect to be done through command. We all work for the Lord and every one baptized in Christ is set free in Him and become His brothers and sisters.

Psalm 146:6-10

Onesimus was the slave of a Christian. On being baptized he become a fellow Christian and a brother to the man he called maser.

In Christ the oppressed receive justice and freedom. God who feeds the birds of the air provides for His children and cares for all their needs. We ought not to spend time in needless anxiety but take God at His Word and trust Him to be faithful to is. God is bound to His Eternal Word and we can rust Him to do exactly what His Word has promised. To feed us, set us free from enslavement concupiscence of the flesh, the world and the devil. To open our eyes so we can walk in the Light of Truth, He gives us His own Spirit who helps us choose to walk on the straight path. he corrects us and breaks and reshapes us if He has to. He is the Protector of the helpless the widow and the orphan He loves those who walk in the virtues of faith, hope and charity. his reign is everlasting and we can place our confidence in Him not only for ourselves but for all future generations.

Luke 17:20-25

The life of a Christian is a life of contradiction for he must die in order to live, we must be prepared to suffer rejection in order to gain acceptance, we must suffer in order to find joy.

Where is the Kingdom of God? It became present among us when You sent Your Holy Spirit upon us and Your Church. The Kingdom is becoming established and it grows in every age. It is in the hearts of the members of the family of God here He is enthroned, He reigns, He commands, He conquers and where He is worshiped and adored.

The complete truth has been revealed to us and the Church who safeguards it contemplates on it and on it meditates on it has watched it grow from a seed into a mighty tree. We ought not to be deceived by false teaching and doctrine but remain faithful and attentive to the voice of the Church established by You until You come again.