Yes, communal prayer is excellent, but if Jesus spent time with His Father in private conversation, then how much more should we? And what you will find by leaving the cares of the world behind for just a moment to enter into private conversation with God is that you will have received the supernatural grace to do far more things with Him than you would have been able to do on your own.
As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the ultimate Advent; that is, the coming of God into the world as a small infant, we should also take this time to reflect on our own lives and discern who God is calling us to be advent for right now.
In the first half of today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 11:2-11 we see John the Baptist, who I prefer to call John the Waymaker, at the end of his life and attempting to discern whether Jesus is who he thought He was.
As it was during the time of Noah, so is it during our own time. Everyday each of us have opportunities to listen to the call of God on our life and to Cooperate with Him as we ought. Inasmuch as we may stop listening to Him, God never stops calling us to get it right.
After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the Body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took His body.
There many other things that can be said about Divine consolations, especially about the reasons why God decides to give them to us in the first place, but I believe that the most essential treatment that needs to be made here concerns how we ought to respond to them. I say that because Divine consolations will come to many us for whatever reason God deigns, but it is how we respond to them is what is most crucial to know.
There are three keys to resisting temptation that Jesus offers us to imitate through His successful refute of Satan’s attack. They are 1. Identify, 2. Filter, and 3. React. These are the three things we must unceasingly do throughout the day, even in the midnight hours.
The Christian Feast of Pentecost is the fulfillment of Jewish agrarian festival. For on this day we commemorate the anniversary of Christ Jesus giving His people the Holy Spirit, which He said would guide us to all truth (Cf. Jn. 15:13), and teach us everything and remind us all that Jesus taught us (Cf. Jn. 14:26). In the Old Covenant the Law was written on tablets and parchment, but God’s sharing with the Holy Spirit is the fulfillment of the promise that YHWH made to Jeremiah that in the New Covenant, “I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God and they shall be my people.” (Jer. 31:33).
It’s been popular for I don’t know how long for people to use the thirty-first chapter of Proverbs as a Biblical template for a man’s ideal image of an earthly wife and, as such, it has been subtitled in most Bibles. And perhaps some good fruit can be gleaned from it for that purpose, but let us not take this chapter out of context by completely extracting it out of the book in which it was written.
Christ Jesus bestowed upon the Apostle Simon Peter a particular ministry, that he and all those who would succeed him as the Vicar of Christ on Earth would carry out. This reflection concerns the Second Confession of Saint Peter. Attached to that confession is the duty for Simon Peter and his successors in the Petrine Ministry to be guided by the truth of God the Father, to obey the commands of God the Son, and to listen for and to act upon the promptings of the Holy Spirit.