Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | July 10, 2009

Reflection for 15th Su in OT

Am 7, 12-15; Ps 85, 9-14; Eph 1, 3-14; Mk 6, 7-13

“Ostende nobis Domine miserecordiam tuam: Et salutare tuam da nobis”

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

Show us your mercy O, Lord, and grant us your salvation, translated from the Latin text in the Asperges in the Tridentine Mass.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know what they must do to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, so let me break salvation down into what you need to do to get there.

1. You must be baptized in the Trinitarian Formula (Ref Matt 28, 19 and Jn 3, 5)

Why?

Baptism removes the stain of original sin that all of us are born with. (Last time I checked none of us are the Blessed Mother or Our Lord himself).

It makes perfect sense that if we’re going to be with God, that our souls MUST be clean and have zero sin on them. Christ died to make it possible that we may enter, He did NOT say all of us were going to make it.

2. You must live out the Commandments (Ref Ex 20, 1-20), and follow the lawful authority on earth (The Church)

These are the blue prints now that you have the ability to enter the Kingdom….But God knowing that we’re imperfect set up a really nice system if we fail. (And I fail all the time).

a. He gives us tons of opportunity for grace (Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, prayer, the Eucharist, the Sacraments, our daily lives, etc.). We must cooperate with the graces that we’ve been given in order for them to be efficatious.

b. If we commit a mortal sin, we must be CONTRITE, and will not to do so again and do the pennance that has been assigned to us in Confession in order for us to return to the state of grace.

c. The Church has 6 minimum precepts
a. Go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (Mary Mother of God, Ascension, Assumption of the Blssed Virgin Mary, All Saints, Immaculate Conception as well as Christmas and Easter)
b. Receive Holy Communion during the at least during the Easter Season (That’s from Easter to Pentecost)
c. Confess your sins a minimum of once a year (but all the holy people go weekly)
d. Support the local parish and the local Church (whether with your time, money etc)
e. Obey the Marriage Laws of the Church. It’s a good idea to Marry another Catholic who has been baptized (used to be the only person you could marry, but the new code allows for dispensation to marry Protestants, Muslims, Mormons, etc)
f. Observe the fasting and abstinence laws of the Church (currently Abstinence (no meat at all) on Fridays, (outside of Lent not enforced))

3. You must persevere in the Faith and die with NO MORTAL SINS on your soul.

Read above for what happens if you mess up. But basically the last part means you must always be open to God’s mercy when you mess up (and you’ll do so often). IF you don’t seek forgiveness it won’t be granted to you. The reason I said no mortal sin is that mortal sins separate you from God all together. Venial sins do not, and will be cleansed off of you in purgatory.

Easy, 3 step process to get to heaven, but the question is will you follow it, or will you not?

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

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