⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (21 August 2023 – Memorial of St. Pius X)

📖Judges 2:11-19; Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 (R.v.4ab); Matt 19:16-22

My dear, sin is an abomination before God. In fact, we can say that it is sin that cannot withstand the presence of God. Hence, whenever we sin, we move away from the presence of God, and so, exposed to the dangers which the wicked one tries to unleash in the world.

This was exactly what was happening with the relationship which God had with the Israelites. Whenever they committed sin, they made themselves vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. Yet, God never abandoned them; he sent them judges to lead them and save them (cf. Judges 2:11-19).

In our time, we are even more privileged that it is God himself who comes to save us. Are we not going to follow him as he invites us to shun materialism and seek heaven (cf. Matt 19:16-22)?

During his reign as the Pope, St. Plus X, whose Memorial we celebrate today made great effort to inspire people to change from their old ways to newness of life. He fought the theological errors that were the order of the day with love and so was able to change the mind of many.

In this new work week, we pray that God may grant us a firm resolve to follow Jesus without looking back. And as we follow him, may he bless all the works of our hands with abundance. Amen.

I wish you a smooth running week in faithful followership of Christ. Peace be with you.

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