Meditation for the Day

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 27

It Is Through Our Obedience, Humility and Selfless Love Whereby Our Journey Through Life Conforms Itself to Be of the Same Mind and Attitude As Our Lord, Allowing Us to Grow in God’s Grace and Personal Sanctity.

“Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves. Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus…”

– words which we find in our Second Reading today, words which become for each of us an appeal to humility, setting our minds and our hearts on embracing God’s will for us in our daily lives.

Today’s Scripture Readings all lend themselves to a better understanding of the mind of God and His desire that we open ourselves to cooperating with the gifts with which He has blessed us – gifts which are designed to guide us onto the path which His providential Love has laid out for us.

God invites us today, no matter where we may find ourselves in life, no matter what crosses we have been given to bear, to reach out and embrace His way, His will. For He knows better that we the many obstacles in life which lay before us. He knows better than we the many hurdles we may have to cross before we are finally awarded the eternal crown as co-heirs in His Heavenly Kingdom.

It is when we freely open our hearts and accept God in our every thought, word and deed that the words of today’s psalmist echo what resides within ourselves, “Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.”

But when humility is absent and when pride and self-importance reigns, then the warning of God through His prophet Ezekiel resonates with an awakening truth – “You say, ‘The LORD’s way is not fair!’ … Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair? When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.”

And, in today’s parable, our Lord alludes to those who are absorbed in self rather than other, in which He compares two sons – one who is obedient and the other disobedient, one who is humble and the other filled with his own sense of self-serving. And, with reference to the one who is disobedient, Jesus says, “The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go.”

Yet, it was Jesus who gave to each of us the perfect example of obedience when He, as the Divine Son, emptied Himself completely and took the nature of our flesh upon His Divine Nature. In addition, it was through perfect obedience when Jesus said “Yes” and surrendered Himself to embracing His Father’s will – when our Lord became obedient accepting death, even the painful and humiliating death of Roman crucifixion upon His Holy Cross.

In the Letter to the Hebrews, it states, “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”

Humility or pride? Obedience or disobedience? There are consequences for the “no’s” we make in our lives, just as there are rewards for our many “yes’s”. When we empty from ourselves all those traits which can separate us from God’s Love, when we conform ourselves to truly becoming Christ-like in our daily lives, then we become that much more enriched with God’s grace.

For, as Paul tells us in his Letter to the Philippians, “If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing…Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus”

It is through our obedience and our humility whereby our journey through life conforms itself to be of the same mind and attitude as our Lord’s. And it is through our obedience, humility and selfless love that we also imitate the life of Jesus, Himself, thereby allowing these virtues to become the benchmark for which we achieve our salvation. In this way, we begin to truly grow in God’s grace and personal sanctity.

For it is in this way that our joy may be made complete, knowing that we are embracing the legacy given to us by God Himself, “…an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”

For, in this, we shall truly realize God’s will for us in our daily lives!

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

  • “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
  • “Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior, for you I wait all the day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5)
  • “Pride goes before disaster and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
  • “You say, ‘The LORD’s way is not fair!’ …Is it my way that is unfair? Are not your ways unfair? When the just turn away from justice to do evil and die, on account of the evil they did they must die.” (Ezekiel 18:25-26)
  • “When pride comes, disgrace comes.” (Proverbs 11:2a)
  • “The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go.” (Matthew 21:30)
  • “…but with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2b)
  • “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:8-9)
  • complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing…Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:1-2, 5)
  • “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)
  • “What we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ…so that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:3-4)
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-4)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord Jesus, our Glorious Savior,
we humbly give to You our lives;
do with us as Your Providence wills,
for Your greater honor and glory.

“Make our lives useful to Your service.
The only ambition we have is to humbly
and honestly fulfill Your Divine will.
In this, we wish to lift up Your Name, Jesus, not ours.

“We desire to make known the power of Your Spirit,
the Holy Spirit of Divine Love and Truth.
We want You to claim us for Yourself,
and use us according to Your Divine purpose.

“And no matter the task
which You assign to us in life,
we will be contented and full of joy
to fulfill our purpose as disciples of Your Spirit.

“Lord Jesus, may Your Holy Spirit live in us always,
guiding us to live a virtuous and fruitful life,
always pleasing to You and helpful to our neighbor,
as we help to build up the Body of Christ here on Earth.

“Fill our lives with meaning and our hearts with hope.
And when our time here is complete,
please bless us with eternal life in Your Heavenly Kingdom.
Jesus, we humbly pray this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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