Monday, July 14, 2014

Make Justice Your Aim

​Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin  

Wash yourselves clean!  Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;  cease doing evil; learn to do good.  Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,  hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.  Isaiah 1:16-17  

"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  Matthew 10:37-39 

Come, let us set things right. 

Establishing "right relations" with the Lord and with each other is the aim of Jesus' preaching and teaching especially this difficult passage from Matthew. Jesus wants to be first on our dance card, our hit parade and in our proverbial black book. Ahead of our mothers and fathers. Ahead of our brothers and sisters. ahead of our sons and daughters. In addition, Jesus wants to take that new relationship to a higher level. It is not about the kind of relationship we have had with Him in the past full of sacrifices and giving things up for Lent. Jesus wants us to take things up for Him. Starting with the cross and then moving on to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Then to the precepts and the Catechism. Maybe then even finding way for piety, study and action. 

Seize the moment. How will you start to set things right with The Lord this week?  A little more prayer and contemplation, renewing your study or doing some new volunteer work or charitable giving?

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