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Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
ThursdaySeptember 1, 2016
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Our search for happiness, the fulfillment of the desire of our soul, the purpose of our existence and the goal of our journey of life are bound to a single end. We were created for God, created to be in union with him for all eternity. We cannot find happiness in any other pursuit. Perhaps we can find fleeting satisfaction, but in the depths of our being we will not be fulfilled (Aquinas, ST I-II. Q2. A1-8). We are corrupt by sin, our minds are limited (Wis 9:14-16), we are slaves to one thing or another. Yet by grace, by the act of love in which Jesus died and rose again for our salvation, we have become a new creation! We are brothers and sisters, no longer slaves (Phmn 1:16), free to pursue that union that our hearts desire (Ps 90:14-17)!
When we recognize and embrace the immensity of Christ's mercy, through which he pays our debts and frees us from the burden of sin, we can live more fully according to that vision of who we are meant to be. In receiving God's mercy, we can pass it on to every other brother and sister of Jesus. To recognize, embrace, forgive and live as Christ intended us to live, we must put him first. He must be the first and last thought of every day, the counsel for every decision, action or word, the assurance that we will have all we need to make this journey through life and into eternity. God has been made known to us, through the Scriptures, through the teachings of Christ and the Apostles, through the tradition of the church and through revelation! Let us take up our cross and strive to be the best disciple we can be (Lk 14:25-33). Thus we will find peace and happiness in this world and the next. We will find union with God, the fulfillment of all our desire!
"Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days. And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours; prosper the work of our hands for us! Prosper the work of our hands!" (Psalm 90:14-17)
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First ReadingWisdom 9:13-18b
PsalmPsalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Second ReadingPhilemon 1:9-10, 12-17
GospelLuke 14:25-33, 7-14
First ReadingExodus 32:7-11, 13-14
PsalmPsalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
Second Reading1 Timothy 1:12-17
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