“BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b)
⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 Nov. 2016 – Memorial of St. Josaphat)
????3 John 5-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Luke 18:1-8
????”BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b)
St. Josaphat, whose Memorial we celebrate today is a model of what it means to have fear of God in us. He was a leader of the Orthodox Catholics but saw the division in the Church as being against the will of God. He returned to the Church and worked for the unity of the Church until he laid down his life for it.????
Remember that we already saw that love could be a veritable instrument of fostering unity. Now, the evangelist John goes ahead to encourage the early Christians on the importance of showing hospitality to strangers, especially the missionaries who have left everything for the sake of the Gospel (cf. 3 John 5-8).❤
In doing that, we would once more be assisting Christ indirectly as St. Josaphat did, and in line with the demands for the kingdom of God (cf. Matt 25:34-46). Moreover, the Lord Jesus himself says that, anyone who gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple of mine would not go unrewarded (Matt 10:42).????
As we know, every good thing we do finds its perfection in God. Our call to assist those in need should serve to encourage and remind us that God would always assist us in times of our need. Hence, the Gospel calls on us to trust in Divine Providence and wait on it without losing hope (cf. Luke 18:1-8).????
Can you see? All you need to do is to walk in the fear of the Lord by keeping his commands, living in love and trusting in God wholeheartedly. With this, there is surely nothing you shall lack because, God the great provider, would provide whatever you need as he enriched the life of St. Josaphat with miraculous signs.????
May God give us the grace to fulfill all that is needed of us and supply in us whatever we we need. Amen.????????
I wish you a lovely and fulfilling weekend. It is is well with you.????????