Tuesday of the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Albert the Great, bishop and doctor of the Church
November 15, 2022
Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22
Ps 15:2-5 (with Rev. 3:21)
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
“‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness,
the source of God’s creation, says this:
“I know your works;
I know that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were either cold or hot.
So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold,
I will spit you out of my mouth.
For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’
and yet do not realize that you are wretched,
pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich,
and white garments to put on
so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed,
and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see.
Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise.
Be earnest, therefore, and repent.
Blessed are poor in Spirit and theirs is the Kingdom of God. Following the Lord or being a Christian must be genuine , there are no two ways. What we think in terms of our understanding and what the spirit of the Gospel says must match our lived life.
We see in today’s Readings they talk about our actions. If our actions are according to the Gospel of truth then the reward is the sharing of the Throne with our Master.There is no half truth or double standards but there is only one Gospel of truth.
Many a time we make our own Churches and our own Gospel according to our conveniences but in these Churches the spirit of God is completely missing, there is Worldly prosperity like good appearance, best of the seatings with modern decoram.There is so much of descipline and outward cleanliness but no love and forgiveness. They are successful in terms of Worldly standard but in terms of Gospel standards , they are empty and lost the Gospel Values in the rat race of success.
Preaching and studies has been done for appreciation and for a good piece of thesis and for a phd work but core value of the Gospel of forgiveness and compassion which is a simple truth is foolishness in our high profile preaching houses. The likes are what counted on the online platform but not the transformation of hearts. Churches look for big crowds but do not bother to enquire about a poor family.
The families can not call themselves Christians. The children education and carreer has become idol of the modern family. There is no Compassion and sharing among our children. What would the spirit speak about our churches and families of today. Unless a mass repentance of our attitude the communities will not be Christian in nature. What is the difference between Christian Schools and other schools or Christian Hospitals and other Hospitals.Today Christian names or symbols make our institutions or families Christian for name sake. We must take the warning of the Spirit in the first reading , a complete u turn in our approach is required where loss and profit is not the end result but saving souls and nourishing the poor in Spirit.
Zacheus was a Sinner but he repented his way of life and made a u turn in his life which saved his soul. There was no half way but a full Conversion. Let us read the readings of today again and again and ask ourselves what the spirit of God reminds us through readings to us families, leaders,priests and as Children.
Repentance is offensive and not defensive, we must defeat the World and Sin through examination of our Conscience with Gospel truths and not deviate any of the truth for our likes and conveniences but Gospel of love as it is, as it has been inspired and written in the light of truth. If we walk in this light we will see God and eternity while living on this Earth, otherwise we live just like any other animal like cat and dog on this Earth which reproduce, teach, educate , provide, protect, build their families, love their families. What is the difference if we human beings and as Christians do the same thing as them.What makes us Humans and Christians is what the Spirit of God asks us a question to reflect our life on this Earth.
Prayer: Lord make us true Christians in the Gospel of Truth.Amen