I saw or read in the news how people get great satisfaction and feel that justice is served when criminals are caught and sentenced to death. Does this have anything to do with getting even or seeking revenge? What if the criminal executed, like the thief crucified next to Jesus, goes to heaven and you own present spiritual state in this world really isn't in any great shape ~ how do you feel now? What I want to say is that Jesus made it clear to us that we are not to judge others and that God will judge us as we judge them. True justice is served by God alone in the end. Our work in this life is to forgive.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
With a finite mind, I just could not see how there can be infinity. Is the universe infinite in its size? We've been told that the earth is around 4.5 billion years old and how the big bang started even before then, but when was the real beginning? Maybe there is no beginning nor end because time has always been around.
Now, once you believe that God is infinite in every way, you no longer question infinity. To question infinity is to question God. To have a finite God is no better than having no God at all. What's even more amazing is that our God is our Father and his love and mercy for us are also infinite. Otherwise, all of us, who are sinners, would be doomed. The Father wants to save us in the best way possible. To reject infinity is to reject yourself.
From Luke, we learned that Joseph and Mary discovered that the boy Jesus was missing after journeying a whole day on their return from the feast of Passover held in Jerusalem. I always wondered how that could have happened until I read the revelations to Mary of Agreda as recorded in The Mystical City of God. In those days, the separation of men and women among the pilgrims during their return homeward was customary and the children were taken in charge either by the men or the women. So it happened that both Mary and Joseph separately supposed that Jesus was with the other parent. There are more details given in the book. At any rate, I believe that there's always an explanation for what may seem inconsistent or unlikely to happen outwardly in the Gospels. I remember one person rejected Christianity because he didn't see how Jesus could call himself both Son of God and Son of Man at the same time. I believe that all things were clear to the Gospel writers, so there's no reason for them to give extra explanations.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 4, people were astonished at the teaching of Jesus because he spoke with authority. They were also amazed that with power and authority Jesus commanded unclean spirits. In the Gospels, we read how the scribes and Pharisees repeatedly tested Jesus, trying to trip him; never once did they succeed. The all-knowing Lord had all the answers. He even read people's minds and hearts. All proofs that he is God. Yes, he was put to death, but that's what he had willed. We do go against his will, but that's because he had given us the free will and we misuse it. All authority and power is his. Banish all thoughts that we can rebel and come out on top. Total obedience is the way to go.
Monday, August 29, 2011
"Do not reply upon anything that's limited, unstable, and transient." This statement should be sensible to all. So we should put our trust in something that's infinite, constant, and eternal. What do you know ~ God turns out to be the only answer! And Jesus came into the world and made God intimate and personal to us ~ how much better can it get?
A friend calls up to tell you that he can no longer come to see you for whatever reason and you start to think that perhaps he really doesn't want to see you. The human mind is always conjuring up disruptive thoughts. The Holy Spirit wants us to dismiss outright all thoughts that disturb our inner peace. In the case above, even if your friend tells you that he truly doesn't like you, don't dwell upon it but go right back to the Lord. Since God's love for you is ever present, only how you love him back matters. Let everything else go that disturbs your peace.
Those who are not afraid to seek God will gain even the courage to become holy after they find him. On the other hand, whose who are afraid to face God will hide in fear that worsens as they approach the end of their life. (But the Lord, being infinitely merciful, always leaves the door open, should you change your mind and decide to turn around while there's still time.)
Today is the Memorial of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. John was fearless in telling Herod that it's unlawful for him to have his brother's wife, and Herod actually feared him. We can be fearless too in God's presence. As Paul says in Romans 8: "If God is for us, who can be against us?" We can be fearless in speaking the truth, in taking up our crosses ~ in fact, under all circumstances. Being fearless brings freedom of the heart, while those who do evil remain in turmoil.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
In today's Gospel reading at Mass from Matthew 16, Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." For some, talking less and listening more to others will be a form of self-denial. To follow the Lord requires listening for his voice first, and this would be difficult, if not impossible, if we do not know how to be silent.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
At morning Mass, I was so happy that I didn't mind dying right then to be with Jesus. Then I realized that my time was not up yet and if I desired a happier ending, I should make sure that my inner self dies first before my natural death takes place, the former death being extremely important and the latter, relatively immaterial. Two deaths are definitely preferable over one.
Today's Communion verses from Matthew 13 read: "The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one rare pearl he sells everything he has and buys it." Jesus is that rare pearl. How blessed are those who have searched and found it!
Jesus, our Lord and God, came into our world and he was crucified. Today the world hasn't changed much. He is here to save us and we blaspheme him. He waits for our return to God and we totally ignore his presence. He can give us all we need to have peace and we shut him out of our hearts. He wants us to have eternal life with him and we couldn't care less. Is this the way to treat Everlasting Love? Do we even have a heart? Nothing can be worse than to forget where we came from. Nothing can be more foolish than forging ahead with blinds over our eyes. The proud shall not see God ~ how true! I feel sorry for us, not the Lord.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Pope John Paul II wrote Theology of the Body, which I haven't read yet. Father at morning Mass brought it up. He said that if we understand that theology, we would view each person as a Person and never as an Object. All persons are to be loved and respected and never to be used like objects for our own gain or advantage. It's clear to me that if everyone practices this theology, there will be peace in the whole world ~ no more wars, no more abortion on demand, and no more atrocious news in the news. Let's take the first step by practicing this theology ourselves.
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 25 at Mass, the Parable of the Ten Virgins was read. In it, Jesus tells how when the bridegroom showed up unexpectedly, the five wise virgins were ready and went into the wedding feast with him, while the five foolish virgins who were not ready were locked out. I'll always remember the haunting verses near the end in Luke 17. Jesus said that on the night he is revealed, "there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.” Could this mean that our own family may be split up? I think so. We must work and pray for the salvation of all family members before it's too late. Earlier this morning I saw a life insurance commercial on TV. Just want to point out that buying life insurance to protect your family is absolutely no help here.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Way back for many years I watched TV on a black-and-white set. Then I finally switched to a colored set and I must admit that the viewing experience became more satisfying. In high school, it's easy to think that we have learned a lot until we find out more in college. In fact, I thought I was pretty good in mathematics until a 14-year-old in the same university honor class scored twice as high as the best of the rest on every single test.
People are flocking to see a current Picasso exhibit at a museum not too far away. Some friends wonder why I, being artistic in nature, have no desire to go see it. All I can say is that all is relative. Once you have tasted the Lord, everything else just loses its flavor. Relative to God, everything is "inferior" now. You have tasted the best and the best has made you see things right. The truth is that there's nothing true satisfying beyond God.