Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27
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Diocese of Monterey

August 25, 2013 | Sacred Heart Church

REFLECTIONS ON THE REIGN OF GOD

A threefold message is developed in today’s readings. First, everyone is called to proclaim God’s glory and receive salvation. Second, salvation is not for the unprepared. Like a loving parent, God gently corrects and disciplines those who have been called. Often, suffering may be part of the formation process. We learn to accept it as Jesus once accepted his cross. Third, some people who are treated with contempt and disdain by the self-righteous actually do have a place in God’s kingdom. We need to take these lessons to heart. Recall your initial excitement upon hearing God’s word. How has the Good News that once struck your fancy taken deeper root in your life? Look again at the crosses you have been given. How are others transformed when they see how you have accepted and grown from your sufferings? Finally, are there some people you imagine as not invited into God’s kingdom?  […]

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