Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | July 6, 2010

Reflection for 15th Su of OT

Audio version here:

My apologies for the bad sound quality, I forgot to adjust the volume when I did this 😦

Deut 30, 10-14; Ps 69, 14. 17. 30-31. 33-34. 36-37 or Ps 19, 8-11; Col 1, 15-20; Lk 10, 25-37

a. Definition

  1. Freedom: Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. By free will one shapes one’s own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.

b. 2 week ago  reading

  1. Dogmas, formula of Doctrine are freeing, set out the rules for right relationship with God.
  2. For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery For you were called for freedom, brothers and sister (Gal 5, 1)
  3. Abuse of this freedom is wrong

c. Today’s first reading “If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes”

  1. God desires that all follow His will; He repsects our free will at the same time
  2. Christ existed before Creation (Col 1, 18)
  3. Not following the Law of God, leads to enslavement, shackles, false freedom
  4. The Laws of God are not difficult, they are already on our hearts ” No, it is something very near to you already on your mouths and hearts all you have to do is carry it out” (Deut 30, 14)
  5. It’s difficult to carry out because of concupiscence: “Etymologically, “concupiscence” can refer to any intense form of human desire. Christian theology has given it a particular meaning: the movement of the sensitive appetite contrary to the operation of the human reason. The apostle St. Paul identifies it with the rebellion of the “flesh” against the “spirit.”302 Concupiscence stems from the disobedience of the first sin. It unsettles man’s moral faculties and, without being in itself an offense, inclines man to commit sin” (CCC 2515). “an inclination to evil that is called “concupiscence.” (CCC 405)
  6. Because of concupiscence it’s important to have properly formed conscience based upon the true teachings of the Church and the Magisterium
  7. Return to the Lord in the Sacrament of Penance

Today’s Gospel

  1. We see the synthesis of the 10 Commandments; “Love God with all your mind, heart and soul” and “Love thy neighbor as thyself (Lk 10, 27)
  2. The Good Samaratain, because of his love for God, flowed the love of his neighbor, we must do likewise
  3. The priest and Levite were both caught in their own righteousness and failed to act on their love of God, did not love neighbor
  4. False pretense to do social justice without the Church, and the heart for God.
  5. Love of God, Love of Liturgy, Love of Neighbor can not be separated
  6. We are accountable for our works, though it is only by the Grace of God that we are saved through Faith and works acting together
  7. St Justin Martyr “”We have learned from the prophets, and we hold it to be true, that punishments, and chastisements, and good rewards, are rendered according to the merit of each man’s actions. Since if it be not so, but all things happen by fate, neither is anything at all in our own power…But this we assert is inevitable fate, that they who choose the good have worthy rewards, and they who choose the opposite have their merited awards. For not like other things, as trees and quadrupeds, which cannot act by choice, did God make man: for neither would he be worthy of reward or praise did he not of himself choose the good, but were created for this end; nor, if he were evil, would he be worthy of punish”ment, not being evil of himself, but being able to be nothing else than what he was made.”

We pray for the grace to return to the Lord and truly be free. Amen!

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