Sunday, October 21, 2018

Twenty-Second Sunday af. Pentecost (29th S Ord Time)

Romans, Chapter 12, Verse 9-10
9 Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.

In other words, behave like a Christian. You cannot separate leadership from relationships. Do not assume that everyone will follow you or your ideas because you are a designated leader or that your knowledge qualifies you to lead. People are not interested in what you know but only if you really care. Therefore, be sincere; if you really care about someone you will tell them what they need to know and not necessarily what they like to hear. Paul in this chapter guides us on how to lead through relationships.

The Leader and Relationships (Rom. 12:9-21)[1]

1.      Avoid hypocrisy—be sincere and genuine (v.9).
2.      Be loyal to colleagues and treat others like brothers or sisters (v.10).
3.      Give preference to others—honor the desires of others above your own (v.10).
4.      Be hospitable—look for ways to meet the needs of others (v.13).
5.      Return good for evil—act, don’t react, when others hurt you (v.14).
6.      Identify with others—treat others needs or victories as your own (v.15).
7.      Be open-minded towards others—seek to connect with anyone you speak to (v. 16).
8.      Treat everyone with respect—this is a compliment to any person (v.17).
9.      Do everything possible to keep peace—choose wisely which hills to die on (v.18).
10.  Remove revenge from your life—let God judge others; you love them. (vv.19-21).
Amoris Lætitia[2] Passionate love, the erotic dimension of love (150-152)
God himself created sexuality, which is a marvelous gift to his creatures. If this gift needs to be cultivated and directed, it is to prevent the “impoverishment of an authentic value.” Saint John Paul II rejected the claim that the Church’s teaching is “a negation of the value of human sexuality”, or that the Church simply tolerates sexuality “because it is necessary for procreation.” Sexual desire is not something to be looked down upon, and “and there can be no attempt whatsoever to call into question its necessity.” To those who fear that the training of the passions and of sexuality detracts from the spontaneity of sexual love, Saint John Paul II replied that human persons are “called to full and mature spontaneity in their relationships,” a maturity that “is the gradual fruit of a discernment of the impulses of one’s own heart.” This calls for discipline and self-mastery, since every human person “must learn, with perseverance and consistency, the meaning of his or her body.”  Sexuality is not a means of gratification or entertainment; it is an interpersonal language wherein the other is taken seriously, in his or her sacred and inviolable dignity. As such, “the human heart comes to participate, so to speak, in another kind of spontaneity.” In this context, the erotic appears as a specifically human manifestation of sexuality. It enables us to discover “the nuptial meaning of the body and the authentic dignity of the gift.” In his catechesis on the theology of the body, Saint John Paul II taught that sexual differentiation not only is “a source of fruitfulness and procreation,” but also possesses “the capacity of expressing love: that love precisely in which the human person becomes a gift.” A healthy sexual desire, albeit closely joined to a pursuit of pleasure, always involves a sense of wonder, and for that very reason can humanize the impulses. In no way, then, can we consider the erotic dimension of love simply as a permissible evil or a burden to be tolerated for the good of the family. Rather, it must be seen as gift from God that enriches the relationship of the spouses. As a passion sublimated by a love respectful of the dignity of the other, it becomes a “pure, unadulterated affirmation” revealing the marvels of which the human heart is capable. In this way, even momentarily, we can feel that “life has turned out good and happy.”

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost[3]

The focus of this Sunday is we must render to God what is God's: meaning that we must give ourselves up entirely to Him, so that He will recognize us on the Last Day. 

GOSPEL. Matt, xxii. 15-21[4]

At that time, the Pharisees going consulted among themselves how to ensnare Jesus in His speech. And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying: Master, we know that Thou art a true speaker, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest Thou for any man: for Thou dost not regard the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what dost Thou think, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt Me, ye hypocrites? Show Me the coin of the tribute. And they offered Him a penny. And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this? They say to Him: Caesar’s. Then He saith to them: tender therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.

Who are hypocrites? Those who, in order to deceive their neighbors, show themselves outwardly pious, while within they are full of evil dispositions and malice; who have honey on the tongue, but gall in the heart; who, like scorpions, sting when one least expects it. Such men are cursed by God (Mai. i. 14). The Lord hateth a mouth with a double tongue (Prov. viii. 13).

See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine.


THE word Purgatory is sometimes taken to mean a place, sometimes as an intermediate state between Hell and Heaven. It is, properly speaking, the condition of souls which, at the moment of death, are in the state of grace, but which have not completely expiated their faults, nor attained the degree of purity necessary to enjoy the vision of God. Purgatory is, then, a transitory state which terminates in a life of everlasting happiness. It is not a trial by which merit may be gained or lost, but a state of atonement and expiation. The soul has arrived at the term of its earthly career; that life was a time of trial, a time of merit for the soul, a time of mercy on the part of God. This time once expired, nothing but justice is to be expected from God, whilst the soul can neither gain nor lose merit. She remains in the state in which death found her; and since it found her in the state of sanctifying grace, she is certain of never forfeiting that happy state, and of arriving at the eternal possession of God. Nevertheless, since she is burdened with certain debts of temporal punishment, she must satisfy Divine Justice by enduring this punishment in its entire rigor. Such is the significance of the word Purgatory, and the condition of the souls which are there. On this subject the Church proposes two truths clearly defined as dogmas of faith: first, that there is a Purgatory; second that the souls which are in Purgatory may be assisted by the suffrages of the faithful, especially by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

World Mission Sunday[6]

Mission Sunday– a day that leads us to the heart of our Christian faith – leads us to mission! Your generosity on World Mission Sunday supports the work of priests, religious and lay leaders in the Missions who share our faith with those most in need. This year we can even “chat” with our chief missionary, Pope Francis, and learn more about his missions and missionaries. Learn more at Chat – Pray – Give this World Mission Sunday.

This day in 1964 was the premier of the movie, “My Fair Lady.” It is one of my daughter Nicole’s favorite movies.

The Way[7] Prayer
"Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in the end you will be a more worthy soul."

1 'Minutes of silence'. Leave silence for those whose hearts are dry. We Catholics, children of God, speak with our Father who is in heaven.

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Day ONE spiritual warfare

[1] John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible.
[2] Pope Francis, Encyclical on Love.
[4]Goffines Devout Instructions, 1896
[5] Schouppe S.J., Rev. Fr. F. X.. Purgatory Explained (with Supplemental Reading: What Will Hell Be Like?)


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