ABANDON ALL for the KINGDOM

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

November 22, 2022   34th Tuesday

WORD of the DAY 

Another angel came out of the temple, crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the time to reap has come, because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.” (Apoc. 14: 15)                                                 

How shall I live this Word?  

The time we are living in today is an intermediate time, waiting for the day when the Lord will sit on the throne of glory (cf. Mt 25:31) to gather the fruit, when He will separate the goats from the sheep. We are in this intermediate time in which our commitment is to actualize the “Your kingdom come, Your will be done” (Our Father) so that we can participate in the wedding feast (see “The kingdom of heaven is like a king, who made a wedding feast…” in Matthew 22) along with as many people as we know. Quite a commitment. St. Paul tells us how in the letter to the Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but let yourselves be transformed by renewing your way of thinking, in order to be able to discern the will of God, what is good, what is pleasing to him and perfect.”  It is necessary that we allow ourselves to be transformed only by God, who by His grace does what we read in Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart, I will put a new spirit within you, I will remove from you the heart of stone and I will give you a heart of flesh.” This transformation, slow and gradual, is up to us to allow it, to facilitate it, and the best way is the prayer of silent listening, which for Saint Teresa of Avila is mental prayer. She herself defines it as “…an intimate relationship of friendship, a frequent meeting alone with the One by whom we know we are loved.” (Life 8.5) Prayer which, as also occurs in other forms of silent prayer, consequently also facilitates our growth in the three theological virtues: faith, hope and charity.

Lord, help me to abandon my selfishness so that I can be ripe for Your Kingdom.

The Voice of The Catechism of the Catholic Church

“Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and in all that He has said and revealed to us, and that the Church offers us to believe, because He is truth itself. With faith “man freely abandons himself entirely to God.” (1814)

“Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.” (1817)

“Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for Himself, and our neighbor as ourselves for love of God.” (1822)

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