Wednesday of the 30th Week of Ordinary Time
October 26, 2022
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
Today’s Readings are the perfect solution for the present crisis in the current World. As nations and people strive to become powerful , Christ calls us to be meek and humble in heart, be tolerant towards the ignorant and forgive the offensive, help the needy and share the additional possession with the poor.If a Christian does not do all this by default he will not become a Christian or follower of Christ.
Some people start their journey with Christ with lots of enthusiasm but as the challenges of the Worldly values clash with Christ values , they give up and do not get up and try again. Then the journey of Hypocrisy start in their life, they have big Christian clan names whose clans were great Christians once upon a time but having ancestral names and not accepting personaly Christ and his teaching in life have a huge difference.
It is scary for people who follow Christ in double standards. We either follow Christ or not but not in between path which leads to complete darkness.For People who did not know Christ there may have a seperate channel of judgement based on their lived life but for people who knew Christ and baptised in his name and live in selfishness and revenge , it is a sacrilage to the body of Christ.
Again I say Christian life is in descending order in contrast to the Worldly life. The Worldly life and Christian life can not go hand in hand, but opposite to each other. A christian life can be prosperous if we depend upon God alone .
Prosperity has mis interpreted in to Worldly powers of this World. In the Bible God provided and protected his followers but the selfish and evil were rejected , we can achieve through true values of Christ but the thing is what we want to achieve is big question mark. If our goal is selfishness to become rich and powerful then following Christ is stupidity. But if our goal is to achieve a life of integrity and peace with our daily needs then Christ values are the right values for Life.
The real prosperity is to live a life of integrity and peace in this World. God provides for those who wait on the Lord for Providence,protection and Justice.
To check the authenticity of our life we must compare our life with the Beatitudes of Christ. If we are pure in our heart we will see God face to face.
Let us try to live the Gospel of Beatitudes in our life to receive the crown of Glory.The commandments of Christ must be the values the parents must give to their Children and not to make them great and wealthy in this World.If parents teach a child good manners, love of the poor, compassion and charity when they become adults they will respect their parents with the same values they received but if we teach our children how to become rich and greedy then one day the children will use these greedy and selfish values against their parents.
Friends World needs forgiveness and peace. Let us pray for peace .
Prayer: Lord pour out your love upon this broken World and renew the face of the Earth.Amen