Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | July 3, 2009

Reflection for 14th Sunday of OT

Ez 2, 2-5; Ps 123, 1-4; 2 Cor 12, 7-10; Mk 6, 1-6

“My Grace is sufficient for you”

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Let’s be honest, quite frankly every single one of us are weak. We are consistent failures at being Catholic. The only two people who were Catholic perfectly were Jesus and His Mother. If we do some quick math that’s 99.9999999999% of the Church that’s failed, so you’re not alone, why is it that we know what we ought to do, yet continually do the wrong thing anyway? It isn’t that we lack the grace to do it, it’s we refuse to cooperate with the grace that’s been given to us as St. Paul has in the 2nd reading today.

What is grace?

The Catechism defines grace as the following: Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life that is to say…Grace is a participation in the life of God

Jesus tells us in the Holy Gospels “apart from me you can do nothing” (Ref Jn 15, 5)…And as if God has a twisted sense of humor, have you tried to do something without Him?

So many people complain to me all the time, Joe, how come I can’t do thing x or thing y. I tell them the same exactly thing, Have you asked the Author of all things? God himself? And if they say yes, I then say how long has it been since you’ve been to Confession? (They’ll reply some amount of years). I then say, no wonder, being in the state of Mortal Sin, nothing ever gets accomplished. Jesus awaits you in the Sacrament of Confession talk to Him, hear the words of Absolution, and THEN ask everyone you know, the company of the Saints, and your friends to pray for your intention, you’ll find that you get much more accomplished that way.

As mentioned earlier, Grace is the participation in the life of God.

God as we know is Holy Trinity, one God, three persons. I hate to use the term Communion of persons, but I’ll use it anyway. I’m not going to give an exegesis on what the Trinity is, as this is NOT Trinity Sunday…However, what does participation in the Life of God mean?

a. It first and foremost allows us to Adore God. In case you haven’t noticed at the Mass you are NOT the center of attention. The Adoration of God is the center of attention. You are not at Mass to be entertained, but to Adore God and participate in His Life by receiving Holy Communion.
b. It allows us to function and be able to live to the Commandments. If you’ve tried doing things on your own, you’ve more than likely failed to live up to your expectations. God’s grace is the sustaining factor in why we’re able to aspire to the supernatural order. It is the reason priests are able to function. It’s the reason that laity are able to function as well.
c. It allows for communion with neighbor. It’s God’s grace that allows us to help with the issues of the day, Abortion, Euthanasia, Parental Rights, Poverty (both Material and Spiritual etc).

Yet there is a condition, a really easy one though.

YOU MUST COOPERATE with the Grace that’s been given to you in order for it to be efficacious. In case you haven’t looked on the laws that are on the books, Abortion, Euthanasia are legal. It is natural Law that tells us Abortion, Euthanasia are intrinsic evils. Unfortunately many have not cooperated with God’s grace in making both Natural and Divine Law public policy.

The question is not whether you have enough of God’s grace, the question is have you cooperated with it?

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit Amen!

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