HEAVEN HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES

⏰Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 June 2018 – Memorial of St. Iranaeus)

📖2 Kgs 24:8-17; Ps 79:1-2, 3-5, 8, 9 (R.v.9bc); Matt 7:21-29

Do you realize that, most times, when we make such comments as the above, we do so in relation to what might benefit us materially? Earthly comfort makes us to even dictate for God how we are to follow him. That is why we have that great orientation known as pro-choice. We want to be in charge of our lives, it does not matter whether we live outside the Law of God insofar as we are comfortable.

Hmmmm! I believe we know of that saying that, “You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.” King Jehoiachin chose to live as he wished, in the footsteps of his father Jehoiakim and so perished like his father (cf. 2 Kgs 24:8-17).

While we try to live as we want, let us be warned by Jesus’ words in Matt 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

Our position in the Church or in the society does not really matter. What matters is how we use such position to serve God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

By his life and teachings, St. Irenaeus worked so hard to call sinners to repentance and fought against heresies in Lyons, where he was a priest and later, a Bishop and beyond.

As we try to live through this life, let us ask God for the grace to do his will on earth so that we may be found worthy to join the heavenly-bound who would see God face to face. May we not be dancing outside the beat of heavenly music. Amen.

Have a grace-filled and prosperous day ahead. Amen. Peace be with you.

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