Monday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time
July 12, 2021
Exodus 1:8-14, 22
Ps 124:1b-6, 7-8
Matthew 10:34 — 11:1
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
The Kingdom of God is in under cover in today’s World. Many people who live a righteous life live in this Kingdom of God. Righteous life is opposite to Hypocrisy or self righteousness. Self righteousness makes oneself master and King of his own life and develops Pride and Materialism. Today’s World Ninety Nine percent of people choose SELF RIGHTEOUS life on this Earth.Hypocrisy or double standard people are Wolves in Sheep Clothes , there are many in today’s World. They act like an Angel and in the pretext of Charity, but they loot and kill the righteous.
Gospel truths reveal or expose or separate the righteous and Self Righteous people. I know an Alcoholic met Jesus in one of the Jesus encounter programme and left Alcohol and returned back to his Work place very next Week , all his alcoholic friends suddenly became his enemies and started troubling him in his Work place. This what happens when truth is revealed in ones life , the materialistic and selfish World do not accept Gospel truths or righteous person but rejects him and persecutes him. Righteousness is the ultimate stage in the beatitudes of Jesus a step before the sainthood or being in the Company of Jesus.
Persecution and possibly death is the ultimate step to sainthood, sometime it may not happen at a time in life time but through out the life time. Persecutions are signs of growth in righteousness. Many call these persecutions as afflictions from Evil , it is certainly afflictions from the Evil one but not directly but through other human beings. Evil tried to afflict the Creator of this World through Hypocrites and self righteous people but at the end got bound hand foot for ever and ever. Perseverance and trusting on the Salvation brings ultimate Victory in our life. This kind of life may be foolishness to the World but in truth there is no righteous life without persecutions and suffering.
The reward of a righteous person is the Kingdom of God and it starts right over here on Earth. The righteousness of this World must be stretched out every day and this stretch extends the Kingdom of God and at the end Whole World is going to turn in to a new Heaven and New Earth. The people who are lovers of this World can not follow the Gospel because the Gospel truth is opposite to the Prosperity of this World which teaches to love the World and be the lord of this World. All humans running in this race one way or the other miss the point of love and Charity. Jesus tells us to deny ourselves take up our Cross and follow him , it means renounce the Worldly materialistic desires and take up the cross of love by sacrificing our life for the Gospel truths and follow Jesus by becoming one of his disciple in Gospel discipline and in Gospel values.
Prayer : Lord discipline me to be your Disciple Amen.