These are Sunday and some weekday reflections written for the B Cycle of Catholic liturgical calendar.
While some might have a particular call on their life to live The Waymaker’s Ministry exclusively, all of the Baptized have a general call on their life to prepare themselves and others to receive the fullness and glory of Light of the World.
Like John, we cannot be holy unless we are first freed from the systems of the world. Oftentimes it is our dependence on the need of status (titles, degrees, awards, symbols of prestige, and etcetera) and security (earthly shelter, money, material, relationships, and etc.) that hinder our detachment from the world.
In regards to our call to keep watch and to be on guard (i.e. for ourselves and for the community) against those things that might harm the house of the Lord (i.e. ourselves and the Church), there are three reasons why we tend to fail to do so consistently.
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 the servant, slave, and friend of all creatures of God.
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 truth (the person) is right there in his face and talking to him, but he cannot even see Him. Perhaps if Pilate were actually searching for the truth, rather than just musing about it, he might have seen Jesus for who He is, but, as a typical politician, Pilate’s first interests are in himself and in self-preservation.
Being that none of us knows for certain the day or hour of our death, we must do all that we can, with the help of God’s grace, to live a life worthy of Him who loved us first, and we must love others as He loved us by sharing with as many people as possible the Good News of a better life In Christ Jesus
We who are In Christ are all Bartimaeus. We are all sons and daughters of Honor and Reverence, and what we need to do to truly step into our calling is to throw off our old cloak – throw off those old things that belong to our life outside of Christ, because once we abandon the old, we immediately position ourselves to receive from God the new and better thing He has for us.
What I’ve learned in life is that if I want peace, then I ought to pray for God to grant peace to others as well as to myself. If you want more joy in your life, then pray for God to increase other’s joy as well as your own. If you make your prayer life inclusive of the needs of others as well, what you’ll discover is what you’ve asked God to give to those whom you prayed for will all be given to you.
The call of today’s Gospel Reading is clear. The choice is not as difficult as fully integrating the choice into our life, but the promise from Jesus is absolute. If we choose we leave all of our attachments to this world behind and live a life devoted to living with, in, and through Him we will have made the only wager that guarantees a big win.