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October 16, 2018

Fr. Jerome Machar, OCSO

28th Tuesday in Ordinary Time
Galatians 5:1-6; Luke 11: 37-41

The apostle to the gentiles reminds us that it is through the Spirit, and by faith, that we find salvation in Christ. It is in Christ that we live and move and have our being. Our walk with Christ is a gift. All true Christians, having being taught by the Holy Spirit, wait for eternal life, the reward of righteousness, and the object of their hope, as the gift of God by faith in Christ. True faith is an active grace; it works in us through love to God, and love of neighbor. We need to pray that we may never be afraid or ashamed to proclaim message of the Gospel and God’s love before men. The more delight we take in the service of God, the more we grow in purity of heart. It is important that we hold fast the doctrines of faith, allowing them to inflame our hearts, professing them with our lips, and manifesting them in our actions. Placing ourselves close to the heart of Christ, we will seek the greater glory of God the Father, and serve the needs of all people.

Recall the passage in Ezekiel when the angel told the prophet to take the scroll. “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you” (Ezek. 3:3). Like the prophet, we are encouraged to receive the Word of God as food for our souls. Divine Revelation is not merely a collection of truths or an edifying story. No, it is a living word that touches our lives, that transforms our lives.  As we ruminate on the Word that comes from the mouth of God, we are strengthened in the life of faith, because we become that which we eat. Taking the Word in our very persons and digesting it, our lives are sweetened by that which fills every part of our being. As God feeds us with His living Word, we find the strength we need to live lives that are authentic and true.

For this reason, we need to examine our hearts and make sure they are pure. We must examine our lives and make sure they are meek. To accomplish this, we need to cling to the One who said: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mat. 11:29). Let us seek in Jesus the God who is the meaning of your life. It is the disposition of our heart that makes us clean or unclean. Our heart acts like a magnet: it lets itself be attracted by love, but it can cling to only one master. For this reason, we must choose: either we will love God or we will love the world’s treasure (cf. Mt 6:24). Which will it be? Will we live for love of others or will we live for ourselves (cf. Mk 8:35)?