14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 3, 2022
The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said,
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
When I preached my first Retreat , on the last day of the anointing, people were filled with love,Joy, Peace and this anointing manifested by slain in the Spirit. I was on the Sky because I had never experienced these things in my previous encounters. I sent pictures to one of my Spiritual friend he returned me the message : do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
When we help others or help in the Church we should be happy that we got an opportunity to touch and serve Jesus himself on this Earth. Every good work we do we do it for the Lord, if we cultivate this attitude we have nothing to boast about in our life. All the Wealth , Wisdom, Education, Position comes from Lord alone. It is a misunderstanding of people to say that I did this .. attitude. God is merciful and abundant on his Creation , we only can thank him for his blessings. We are blessed so that we may share his blessings with the poor and downtrodden. Every Gift given by God to use to build the Kingdom of God on this Earth. If we use these gifts for our selfishness and self glory , we try to become our own God.
When the seventy Two disciples of Jesus went out to preach the good news of Jesus the Satan fell like lightening from his false attitude of Pride. When we forgive and share with the Poor we shame the greedy and wealthy,because the Pride of the Wealthy falls down like lightening looking at the marvelous works of God. The Spirit of Pride is our time Satan which dwells in each one of us one way or the other. People are proud because they are wealthy, beautiful, disciplined, Educated , Talented , Famous , Successful so on. There is only one thing in this World to be boasted about that is to know and possess Jesus in our life like St.Paul says: From now on, let no one make troubles for me;for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. There was nothing to lose for St.Paul because he had lost everything of this World for the love of Christ.
Every Christian must lose everything for the love of Christ and many people do that one way or the other. Mother lose their lives for their Children, Wives lose their lives for their Husbands and Vice versa, teachers for Children, Doctors and Nurses for Patients and so on. These are the real celebrities of the Kingdom of God. Let us strive to become a friend of Jesus than the Friend of this World. World makes us famous in this World and one day dumps our body in the rubbish but Jesus raises us up to heaven to receive our gift of eternal life.
Prayer : Lord I want to be with you in this World and ever after…Amen.
To Do Today: Reflect our life where do we stand in our life , on the side of love , sharing, forgiveness of Christ Jesus or the wealth and position the Pride of the World the Satan.