Saturday, August 24, 2019

On discipline

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 13:22-30

‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.
The first reading speaks about an assembly of people called by God sent to proclaim to others his glory.  What kind of people are these?  Are we worthy to join this august crowd?

The second and third readings give us a hint of the type of people who are worthy to join God's people.  They are disciplined by the Lord because of his great love for them.  Moreover, they entered into the narrow door where only a few could enter.

Discipline is the key to being incorporated into God's kingdom.  And if we say we are not obliged to serve God, give our tithes, or actively participate in an apostolate, we may be in for a big surprise.  The Lord would not let us enter into his kingdom not only because he doesn't know us despite our presence during his talks, but also we  became evildoers.

Consider discipline as our way to heaven.  It is for our own good when we submit ourselves to purification of our desires.

Secondly, discipline is for the good of the community.  We observe God's law so we would not end up committing sins against another.

Third, discipline affirms our desire to be disciples of the Lord.  When we live out God's will rather than our own, we become his disciples.  Thus, the assembly God wants is a community of disciples.  By being a disciple of the Lord, we would be able to enter through the narrow door that leads to everlasting life.

Friday, August 09, 2019

3 ways to follow Jesus

from "Daily Meditations with Fr. Alfonse"

 Friday of week 18 in Ordinary Time

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24-28)

Both readings today call us to follow God's commands.  If we're challenging this thought, the question to ask is, "Is there another source or person who can  who can instruct us the path to life aside from God?"

If God is our Lord, there is no other recourse except to follow him.  He shows us the way through three things:

1.  Renounce ourselves

This day and age, there's no problem being responsible for one's life, future and happiness.  Yet, what kind of happiness are we actually referring to, this life or till eternal life?  Our faith in God calls us to adhere to his will considering his will leads us to eternal life.

2. Carry our crosses 

This world conditions us to a life of comfort.  Yet, we also understand that comfort cannot be attained unless we work for it.  And that involves making sacrifices or "carrying our crosses" so to speak.

3.   Lose our lives for Jesus

This by far is the hardest to follow; yet, the way of Jesus is the only way.  We might be carrying our own crosses and renouncing ourselves, but if we aren't one with Jesus nor have the passion to serve and love him, what's the point of our sacrifices?

Learn the path Jesus took to save us.  Better yet, let Jesus, his every thought, word, and action, be ours as well.  In losing our lives for Jesus could we actually gain true life!