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Sunday, July 24, 2005
Living the Gospel

July 24, 2005
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Probably one of the most difficult decisions in life is deciding what career we want to choose. We hear it time and time again as a child, but have we continued to ask ourselves this later on in life? What do we really want to do with our lives? What is my life's purpose?

My priest's words on the meaning of life: To know and love God in this life and be with Him in eternity. But how?

We certainly know that there are many commands in the Gospels and many instructions by Christ for us to reach Heaven, but these can be summed up in one word: love. We must love Our Lord with all of our heart, mind, and soul and love our neighbors as ourselves. That is the way to Heaven: through Jesus Christ. We must follow His teachings if we love Him with all of our heart, mind, and soul. After all, Our Lord, who is perfect and immortal, left his palace of glory and came to earth to die for us while we were still sinners. The Cross was our destiny for our offenses; we deserve nothing else because "through one man sin entered the world and through sin death" but Christ came down from Heaven and took away our deaths by dying for us. He died for us, and what do we do? We sin.

Yet, God is perfect and loving. He is both the perfect mercy and justice, and He loves us. Today's gospel highlights to treasure of knowing the Lord, and that is what we must do; we must know and love Our Lord.

My priest today gave us three steps to knowing and loving the Lord, which Pope John Paul ll talked about one day. What are practical areas we can focus on everyday?

1. Purity
2. Sincerity
3. Integrity

If we can do those things we will see the Lord as our treasure and value all peoples of His creation no matter what. All of us, myself included, can live holier lives to Jesus Christ. When was the last time you went by the tabernacle and said "Lord I loved you". When was the last time you prayed to the Lord so fervently you cried. When was the last time you held a crucific in your hands and looked at Our Lord's wounds and said "You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us."

I once remember a poem with one girl saying, "Lord, how much do you love me?" He said, "I love you this much," and then He opened up His arms and died.

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del_button July 29, 2005 at 1:20 AM
Mike said...

I teach forth grade CCD and in our curriculum we cover the two great commandments, the decalogue and the beatitudes. What I strive to impress on the children, by extension on myself, is that you can not break any of the ten commandments nor can you fail to live the Beatitudes if you love God with your whole heart, mind and sould and you love your neighbor as yourself. It just can't be done. Yet we do sin, so what does that say about how well we keep the two Greatest Commandments?


del_button July 29, 2005 at 10:35 AM
Moneybags said...

I think how much we actually try to love and live by the Commandments will prove to be a fundamental aspect in the end.

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