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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Reflection 2020-10-23 Friday 29th Week in Ordinary Time – St John Capistrano

Ephesians 4:1-6; Psalm 24; Luke 12:54-59
In the First Reading, St Paul unmistakeably speaks of unity. He calls the Ephesians to: lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called… there is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. We are called to unite in one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God. But this unity is not unity at any cost because in the Gospel today, Jesus speaks of interpreting the present time. If Jesus wanted unity with compromise, he would have bent to what the Pharisees wanted. He would not have been crucified.
When we speak against the issues on sexuality and life, we are told not to judge. But Jesus himself tells us to judge for yourselves what is right. We cannot condemn people, because we do not know their hearts. But we can certainly judge their actions. And when someone blatantly acts against the teaching of the Church, we can certainly condemn their actions but not their persons. We can call them to repentance for love of them hoping they will repent and save their souls.
St John Capistrano preached against heresy and would not compromise the faith. He was an excellent preacher that the large churches could not hold those who listened to him. People came to hear him, not because he preached what they wanted to hear. People came to hear him because he preached what they needed to hear. Jesus tells us to interpret the present time. The Church is being attacked by satanic forces. Churches are burned down, statues are torn down, Christians are persecuted and killed. This is the sign of the times. And we need cannot live as if nothing is happening. We cannot bend to what government tells us to believe. We cannot agree with laws of government that force us to abandon life and sanctity of marriage. We are called to judge what is right. The right thing to do is to speak up and speak against errors taught. We cannot remain silent and tolerate evil, otherwise, we will be counted with the evil doers. The Psalm today tells us: who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false. Speak God’s truth, stand for what is right. Do not be afraid.
Lord, help me to live a life worthy of my call. Let me work for unity in your Church. A unity founded on your Truth and not on the errors of men. St John Capistrano, pray for me.

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