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CAC BAI DOC GIA GOI TOI - 31 SUNDAY-MARYNOL PDF Print E-mail

Your weekly Journey of Faith reflectio

"And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe."​

1 Thessalonians 2:13
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Have you ever listened to the great violinist Jascha Heifetz?
If you have, you are familiar with his mastery over his instrument. Imagine the tens, no hundreds of thousands of hours he spent perfecting his musicianship and technique. He was divinely gifted with a superb bow control and fingers that flew across the strings in rapid-fire succession.

I often think of God as the great Instrumentalist and us as His instruments. The way in which he works His Word in us—if we allow Him to—produces the most beautiful music. What does it mean for God's Word to be at work in us?

There is no other book in the world that comes to life and fills with power when we read its pages—only the Bible. The author of the book of Hebrews reminds us that "...the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

Allowing God's Word, Jesus, to become manifest in our lives makes a most profound marrow-penetrating difference in our world as we love the Lord with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves—measurements of mature Christianity. In Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians he expresses deep gratitude that the church in Thessalonica not only survived persecution, riots and the capture of Paul's host, but is flourishing because of their love.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time​

God of our ancestors in the traditions of our Christian faith, how we know ourselves to be blessed beyond measure by the blessings that You have bestowed on all of us, original believers and us too in these days! Such eminent examples we have in Paul and Jesus, both of whom we hear today speaking to us so ardently then and today with their words of consolation and of challenge. May Your Holy Spirit of Jesus enable us to open our hearts to those who preach to us in many ways and to accept the hard words that challenge us to live the aspirations of our professed faith.

Amen.

~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, in all of Paul's Epistles we sense a burning desire for his burgeoning churches to develop works of faith, labors of love and steadfast hope in Jesus Christ. These wonderful qualities were music on a page which God played out in the First Century Christians' lives. Can we too allow Him to use us as human instruments today for the fulfillment of His great plan?

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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