Gospel Meditations

GOSPEL MEDITATION FOR
28 JUNE, 2017, WEDNESDAY, 12th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
BY REV FR ERBIN FERNANDEZ & CSC TEAM
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“Before of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but underneath are ravenous wolves”. Matt 7:15

GOSPEL: Matt 7:15-20

http://www.universalis.com/20170628/mass.htm

(I sense Jesus wanting to meet me. I prayerfully call upon the Holy Spirit to be present. I prayerfully read today’s gospel passage slowly once through. I sit in silence for a few minutes with the gospel text. I now pray through the following meditation. I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me, pausing wherever I need to.)

Today many people feel that the Church, which is meant to be broad-minded and welcoming, has become intolerant. Whether it is disciplining liberal minded people in the church or standing up for moral doctrines, the Church wants to hunt down everyone who don’t agree with church teaching. Not only is this narrow-minded aggression un-Catholic, it’s downright unpatriotic. Why does the church hunt down people who think differently instead of welcoming them?

The church has recognized, from the beginning, that certain doctrines are repugnant to its own essential nature, or contradictory to the revelation upon which the Church is constructed. This is precisely why, for the past two millennia, theologians, bishops, Popes and councils have consistently and strenuously battled heresies concerning central Catholic dogmas. They have understood that the adoption of these errors would fatally compromise the integrity of the Church. A church that simply “welcomed” heresies would, overnight, cease to be itself.

These so called prophets of these heresies appear harmless, yet their ministry breeds error, division and immorality. They confuse the thinking and beliefs of the people. They appear to love the Lord and his church but slowly knowingly or even unknowingly deviate from the teachings.

One can learn a lot from the ministry of Judas and his motivations from the four Gospels. It seems that for Judas the Lord Jesus was a disappointment, a false Messiah, because he would not manifest his power in worldliness, in accord with Judas’ expectations. Judas wanted the Lord Jesus to act in accord with his expectations, which were worldly expectations serving desires for wealth, pleasure, power, and honor. For Judas, the Lord Jesus was merely a tool, a means to his own ends, a ladder that he would climb to achieve his own success.

Judas, angry and disappointed that Christ the Lord would not conform to his expectations, sought to punish the Lord Jesus in the most humiliating and cruel way he could devise.

The false prophet refuses to love what Christ loves and serve what Christ serves. The tragedy is that Judas destroyed not Christ, but himself.

How often do we treat the Lord Jesus as merely a tool, a means to get something that we want? Do we plot and conspire to use Christ the Lord and his Church as a means to advance our petty causes and worldly agendas?

Here is a question we must each ask ourselves: What are our own refusals to love what Christ loves and serve what Christ serves doing to our own lives and the lives of others?

Action: Today I will pray for the grace to love what Christ loves and serve what Christ serves.

(I journal: What phrase touched me today? What is Jesus inviting me to live today? I ask for a specific grace for today.)

GOSPEL MEDITATION FOR
27 JUNE, 2017, TUESDAY OF THE 12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
BY REV FR ERBIN FERNANDEZ & CSC TEAM
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“DO NOT THROW YOUR PEARLS IN FRONT OF PIGS” (MATTHEW 7:6)

GOSPEL: MATTHEW 7:6, 12-14

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(I sense Jesus wanting to meet me. I prayerfully call upon the Holy Spirit to be present. I prayerfully read today’s gospel passage slowly once through. I sit in silence for a few minutes with the gospel text. I now pray through the following meditation. I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me, pausing wherever I need to.)

`This is in fact a universal truth. It is not to everyone that we can talk of everything. Within a group of friends we may sit and talk about our faith; we may allow our minds to question and adventure; we may talk about the things which puzzle and perplex; and we may allow our minds to go out on the roads of speculation. But if into that group there comes a person of rigid and unsympathetic orthodoxy, he might well brand us as a set of dangerous heretics; or if there entered a simple and unquestioning soul, his faith might well be shocked and shaken. A medical film might well be to one person an eye-opening, valuable, and salutary experience; while to another it might equally produce a prurient and prying obscenity. So, then, there are some people who cannot receive Christian truth. It may be that their minds are shut; it may be that their minds are brutalized and covered over with a film of filth; it may be that they have lived a life which has obscured their ability to see the truth; it may be that they are constitutional mockers of all things holy; it may be, as sometimes happens, that we and they have absolutely no common ground on which we can argue.

A man can only understand what he is fit to understand. It is not to everyone that we can lay bare the secrets of our hearts. There are always those to whom the preaching of Christ will be foolishness, and in whose minds the truth, when expressed in words, will meet an insuperable barrier. What is to be done with these people? Are they to be abandoned as hopeless? Is the Christian message simply to be withdrawn from them? What Christian words cannot do, a Christian life can often do. A man may be blind and impervious to any Christian argument in words; but he can have no answer to the demonstration of a Christian life.`1 There is indeed a serious responsibility placed upon us as Christians to offer an authentic witness of life that can impress upon others the deep truths of Christianity not through words but through actions. What kind of witness to I offer my brothers and sisters who are not open to hearing the Christian message or who may be even hostile towards it today?

Action: Today I will offer the witness of loving actions towards others wherever I am

(I journal: What phrase touched me today? What is Jesus inviting me to live today? I ask for a specific grace for today.)

1https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dsb/matthew-7.html