Friday of the 20th Week of Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope
August 21, 2020
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
They have been saying,
“Our bones are dried up,
our hope is lost, and we are cut off.”
Therefore, prophesy and say to them: Thus says the Lord GOD:
O my people, I will open your graves
and have you rise from them,
and bring you back to the land of Israel.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD,
when I open your graves and have you rise from them,
O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live,
and I will settle you upon your land;
thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.
God is calling us to be hopeful in his love and Mercy. Faith,Hope and love are the three stages of our moral belief which reveals God’s love and Charity in our life. The threefold formula of Faith ,hope and love reveals God in our life. If we have to meet God in our daily routines we must implement these stages in our life and we can meet God at every stage and activity of our life.
Faith is the first step of our moral life journey and faith is a trusting relationship with our God of love who loved us first. The first commandment love your God is the first step of Faith in him, acknowledging him as our Creator and Father of love who created us in his own image of love and his Children. This stage of belief is so important that we recognize the supreme power and source of all goodness come from him alone and he is the beginning and the end and he can create everything from nothing. When we recognize him as everything or Lord of our life, we humble ourselves and Pride and selfishness disappears from our life, and love of God pours out in to our life. This act is called transformation or Baptism or Born Again experience or New life. This act of faith can be expressed in many ways like Adoration, Prayer,Intercession and praise Worship and thanksgiving, repentance. This is the first step to reach God in our life. Many people remain in this first step through out their life but this first step gives us a experience of Gods love but does not activate that experience in to reality or encounter God of reality.God is not only an experience of feeling good or feeling loved but God is a reality and he is a living God, a person like you and me but not visible in Human eyes but can be experienced in love.
Hope is the second step of our moral life. When we have experienced Gods love, waiting and trusting on his love in patience to act in our life situation is hope. This stage is very crucial in our journey because many people who experienced God expect God to do magic in their life but God has his own way of doing things involving the devotee in the act of revelation. Hope is the combination of Faith and Charity or in between agent among them. When we trust God for everything in our life and all things are coming from him and he is the source of all love and expect him to act in our life situation , an desire to love our Neighbor emerges with in our heart and this desire inspired or motivated by Gods love. Hope keeps balance between Faith and love. Hope refines our faith or repentance and puts God first in our life. If we do not hope in Gods Grace or mercy in our daily life and do acts of mercy then there is no Spirit of God working in our acts of love but they become only good actions . Faith is always tested in hope. We see many people to act God immediately after their Prayer but we must wait upon the Lord . When we pray to God in Faith , God checks the authenticity of our Prayer and authenticity is passed by hoping on Gods mercy and love. This is an Exercise to check the truthfulness and genuine request.
Love is the finishing line of our moral life. Love is the ultimate product of Faith and Hope. When we trust in the Lord by making him the Lord and master of our Life and wait upon his love and hope, the love pours out from the person of faith and love to the outer World in reality or in our acts of love which is called Charity or Ministry of love.The fullness of the spirit of God is in these acts of Charity which were based on faith and Hope. Every Human Being who follow God or Jesus or Word of God or Holy trinity or Holy spirit or God the Father or Ten Commandments must go through these three steps to encounter the God of reality otherwise we are either on the way or lost the Way in our moral life. If we build anything without following three steps of moral life then all our efforts how great it may be , there is no truth or peace pr love or God in that life journey,it is a big waste and Garbage. This is the reason people of faith try to build worldly Mansions or Kingdoms and trip and fall because the Spirit of God is absent in their Building or their Building is not a Building of love. God intervenes to bring people back to his presence of Faith, Hope and love. God restores or gathers the lost in his great mercy and love.
We have to learn to live a moral life literally following these three steps . We do many exercises like Physical Exercises and Diet Exercises to keep our Body in good health. We do meditations , Hobbies and entertainment to keep our mind in good health . We must keep our Spirit active through these threefold Exercises to keep our Spirit in good health.
We see many people are either stuck in Faith or some just hope in God not trusting in him or some involved in Charity no idea of Gods love at all. In this confusion in the Spirituality people only Wander in the moral journey and can not meet the real God of love in their life. Love is the meeting point of our life and fulfillment of all the Scriptures and Prophesies. So let us experience that love in our life,wait upon that love and live a life of love and Charity then we teach others to do the same thing this is Evangelization . If we do this we will be considered as the greatest in the kingdom of God but if we delete any of these steps and jump the line of waiting in hope and love and start preaching and teaching as per our convenience and comfort then we will be considered as the least in the Kingdom of God. We have to learn from our Champion Jesus Christ , he trusted God,waited patiently on his will and loved in fullness by giving his life to the Whole World. Jesus is not great or Savior because he is the Son of God but Jesus became great because of his life of Faith,Hope and Love.
Prayer: Lord Jesus help me to go through the steps of Faith,Hope and Love and meet you personally. Amen