Meditation for the Day

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 5

Today, God Invites Each of Us to Reflect Upon His Love in the Meekness of His Unassuming and Quiet Gentleness.

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.”

If today’s Gospel Reading seems familiar, it should. It was the same as the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus which we just celebrated three Fridays ago. But what makes it seem different is the relationship it has to our other two Readings.

Today, we are drawn into the very nature of God’s Love. God does not display His Love for you and me in great pomp and pageantry. He does not flaunt His Love for His children as a great and showy spectacle for us to observe. Rather, today, God invites us to reflect upon His Love in the meekness of His unassuming and quiet gentleness.

“See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.” – words which we read from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah today.

And, in this imagery, we picture our Lord entering Jerusalem for the last time, in which He will allow His Person to be subjected to all sorts of calumnies and slanderous lies, and to an agonizing and humiliating death – because the meekness of His Love is greater than the worst evil to which He will be subjected, because the meekness of His unassuming and quiet gentleness will destroy the hold which Satan has over this world – in which death will be forever vanquished and salvation will be eternally assured!

Our slavery to sin is no longer a chain which binds us, for His gentle and unassuming, humble Love embraces us and washes us clean from the filth which covers our spirit! The meekness of His Love strengthens us, always inviting us to turn away from sin and embrace the Sacraments which cleanses and purifies the soul.

Jesus says to us today, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.”

In this, our Lord invites us to learn from Him – from His meekness, from His humility. Yet, you and I know only too well that the culture in which we live today rejects meekness as a form of weakness. It looks with disdain upon the virtue of humility and runs away from it as though it were a pariah, something to be avoided at all costs!

For the cultural mindset of many people today prefers to embrace the sin of pride with words and deeds of arrogance and self-importance, even violent disorder at times, disregarding all that comes from God and the Natural Law which guides us in right moral conduct.

And Saint Paul today, in his Letter to the Romans, knew only too well the weakness of human nature, especially when our nature does not embrace a higher moral code – “Consequently, brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

In Paul’s Letter to the Christian community in Rome, comprised of both Jews and Gentiles, he addressed the many issues which confronted them, one being the idolatrous practices of Rome which were always present and of constant concern. Paul writes to strengthen their resolve in the new faith which they were embracing, in the midst of the many seductions which were always present, always perched over their shoulders, so to speak, looking for someone to devour – much as we perceive it today.

“You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” But the next verse in Paul’s Letter, which is not included in today’s Reading, are words of encouragement, “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”

And for us to truly be “in the spirit”, for God’s Presence to truly dwell within us, we must be childlike in both mind and heart, for the Gospel reminds us today that meekness and gentleness do not belong to the arrogant and proud – “…for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.”

When we reflect upon our own walk of faith and the journey which we are traveling in life, where do we see ourselves? Are we of the world and of the flesh? Or are we of the Spirit and one of the “little ones”?

And God’s voice is gentle, as we learned from the prophet Elijah – “Then the Lord said, ‘Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.’ A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak…”

The Justice of God does not thunder after us if we stray from His Divine will in our daily lives, as some form of a Norse god in mythical legends. Rather, our God is one who constantly reaches out to us through His Love – unassuming, unobtrusive – gently asking that we decide for ourselves if it is God whom we choose to follow, who will reward us with eternal life; or, if it is our choice to choose the gods of secularism and relativism, which will then earn for us the Holy Justice of eternal damnation, for we have freely chosen to remain apart from His will for us and from His Love.

May the words of today’s psalmist become our own in the choices we make in life, “I will extol you, O my God and King, and I will bless your name forever and ever. Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.”

It is my sincerest prayer that each of us truly embrace the unassuming meekness and the gentle quietness which is of God, for in this do we truly become Christ-like; in this do we truly become most pleasing to our Heavenly Father.

May God bless you, God love you, and may God always keep you.

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “At that time Jesus said in reply, ‘I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.’(Matthew 11:25)
  • “See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.” (Zechariah 9:9bc)
  • “Then the Lord said, ‘Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.’ A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak…” (1 Kings 19:11-13a)
  • “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
  • “Consequently, brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:12-13)
  • “You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness.” (Romans 8:9-10)
  • “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith…” (1 Peter 5:8-9a)
  • “Every proud man is an abomination to the LORD; I assure you that he will not go unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5)
  • “Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)
  • “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12)
  • “I will extol you, my God and King, and I will bless your name forever and ever. Every day will I bless you; I will praise your name forever and ever.” (Psalm 145:1-2)

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Prayer for the Day

“Heavenly Father,
as Your child, I humbly seek Your help and guidance.
Do not let me succumb to the temptations in life,
so as to fall into error and separate myself from Your Love.

“Lord Jesus Christ,
You died for me so that I may be saved from sin.
Strengthen me through Your gentle and tender Love,
so that, by Your grace, I may always be one with You.

“Most Holy Spirit,
open my heart to all that destroys the soul.
Turn me away from sin and all the snares of the devil
who deceives my mind and fills my soul with lies.

“Almighty and Eternal God,
please grant me the grace to love only what comes from You.
Strengthen me to resist the seductions of evil,
so that my life may always praise the glory of Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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