July 21, 2016
(St. Lawrence of Brindisi, OFM-Cap, Priest)
Jesus quoted the Prophet Isaiah, saying, ‘Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them.’
Then He continued, saying to His disciples, “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Mt_13:10-17
Are we the blind and deaf, beloved, or are we the blessed ones who see and hear and understand?
Everything the Evangelists recorded about Jesus, His words and actions are available to us in the Gospel accounts. These are those same mysteries He revealed to His disciples. Do we understand that it was all about God’s love for us. It was not about how beautiful we look or how rich we are. It was not about how many toys we have or what our title is. But it is – all about what we are doing to help those in need of the very basics of life. How are we providing for the poor and the homeless? How are we supporting those who go hungry day after day? How are we making our own environment, work or home or family, a pleasant place – that’s filled with hope and love and caring, and being God’s blessing to others? This is the open eyes and ears and hearts that Jesus wants us to have. And when we do, we truly see how silly all the rest of that stuff is.
In our world today, we’re confronted with choices. We can choose to take life or honor it. We can choose prejudice and hatred or we can choose mercy and love. We can choose to believe all that Jesus taught us, or we can choose the “broken cisterns” of our own making, when God offers us springs of everlasting goodness instead.
Which and who do you choose?
As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord! (Jos 24:15)
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