JESUS HAS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU AND FOR ME
⏰Thursday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 Nov. 2016 – Memorial of St. Leo the Great)
????Phlm 7-20; Ps 146:6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10 (R.v.5a); Luke 17:20-25
????JESUS HAS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU AND FOR ME
Wait a minute! Did you give Donald Trump a chance to win? I still can’t believe it myself. And I tell you this! Forget about public opinion on you and people’s condemnation of your faith, and hold on sincerely to Christ. Your victory shall also be a surprise to those who mock you. Amen.????????
Now, strictly speaking, we are all slaves of Christ because, while we were still slaves to sin, he paid the supreme price and bought us over to himself (cf. Rom 5:8; 1 Cor 6:20; Acts 20:28). Yet, he does not call us slaves; he rather calls us friends, having made known to us the secrets of the kingdom of God (John 15:15).????
Since Jesus considers us his friends, we have to be friends and brothers of one another since we are one in him through baptism (cf. Gal 3:26-28).❤
In his letter to Philemon, St Paul asks Philemon to take Onesimus back, no longer as a slave but as a brother (Phlm 7-20). To be able to do that, Philemon needs to forgive Onesimus and accept him as his equal.????
We too ought to forgive one another and accept ourselves for the sake of Christ irrespective of our differences. In that way, we shall be be ready for the kingdom of God.????
St Leo the Great, whose Memorial we celebrate in the Church today, was a charismatic leader who as a pope stood his ground against heretics that misled the people in his time. He wrote Tome of Leo to refute the errors of Eutyches in preaching that Jesus has only one nature (monophysitism) but it went a long way to instruct the faithful against being lured into error (see www.newadvent.org/fathers/3604028.htm).????
We pray that God may also raise up for good and charismatic leaders who would allow the love of Christ reign in their lives, so that we all can be transformed from hatred of others and division of any sort, and march on towards the right way to salvation. Amen.????????
I wish you a grace-filled day. It is well with you.????????