Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.
I will invite someone who is struggling in their faith or who has fallen away from the sacraments to join me this Sunday at Mass.
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Matthew 13: 47-53
Lord, I believe in
your power. I know that you are the Lord of all history. I trust that you are guiding my life. Thank
you for showing me that you will triumph. Thank you for the triumph you have already achieved in my
heart and in the hearts of so many people. I want to allow you to have total control over my
Lord, help me to have confidence in the triumph of your
1. Nothing Escapes the Kingdom:
Christ is reminding us that all souls and
all human history are encompassed in the vision of the Father. Both the good and the bad will be
brought before him. He is able to see what good and evil has been done. His power extends over all
the failures and successes of human history. I should live with a confidence that God sees the good
I do and will make my efforts to spread his love bear eternal fruit.
2. Evil Does Not Have
the Last Word:
I should live with the confidence that evil does not have the last word. The
mercy of God has imposed a limit on evil and the Lord will come one day to take away the power of
evil. I should use my short time on earth ñ which I should use today ñ to sow all the good I can,
aware that this is what will stand steady at the coming of the eternal kingdom. I should not be so
impressed by evil that it paralyzes me from doing good.
3. Already Home:
Eucharist is an anticipation of God's triumph. There we learn to trust that God holds the strings of
human history. There his "net of love" brings his children together to feed and strengthen them.
When I participate in the Mass my confidence in the Lord's providence should grow. I should strive
to bring others to the Eucharist as well, so they can experience the peace and happiness of
anticipating heaven here on earth.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I know you are
all powerful. I believe that your Kingdom will triumph. I believe that you will come to judge the
living and the dead. Help me to do all I can to bring others into your Kingdom so they can
experience the joy that comes from knowing you and from living ready for the coming of your
I will invite someone who is struggling in their faith or who
has fallen away from the sacraments to join me this Sunday at Mass.
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