Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Encourage people not to focus on earthly good in their lives, but for a reward in heaven 1 Let’s imagine that a friend from abroad invited us to visit us. We will begin to explore and find the way to get there. We will search way to get there as soon as possible and as surely as possible. Each of us got an invitation from Heavenly Father to come to heaven. The way we can get there to get, Jesus showed us.
It is in today’s Gospel that Jesus offers us such lessons for the journey
to happiness to God. The first reads: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they are the kingdom of heaven ”(Mt 5: 3). Christ offers us a constitutional law – eight blessings. All eight beatitudes together give the image of the perfect Jesus apprentice. Elsewhere, Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, as he is your heavenly Father is perfect ”(Mt 5:48). Jesus is sent to proclaim joy poor. Initially, wealth and wealth were considered a sign of God’s blessings. Later, however, it became increasingly clear that the poor and the poor may be especially close to God. This poor man has learned to look at your destiny from a new perspective. They do not grumble about their destiny and do not think about a violent turnaround. They are perhaps not simple, limited, or incapable of living, but they are poor in spirit; in spirit, their poverty has a spiritual side. Yours they transfer a tiny position in earthly society to their relationship with God.
They expect everything from God; they do not rely on their own justice and piety. They are free from the burden of earthly possessions and their burden their own self-love, and thus they are also free for God. Anyone who wants to receive God’s kingdom must be spiritually poor; only such can be completely donated. We wish you happiness in meetings with acquaintances and congratulations. The world is you represent happiness differently than Jesus. The world says, “Blessed are the rich.” But Jesus he said, “Blessed are the poor.” Who is right? The poverty of which Jesus speaks is not in need; it is a feeling of constant dependence on God, without which we are powerless, weak. The poor in spirit are those who do not ask, “Why is God to me?”
Self relying on reason and muscles. They have entrusted themselves to the hands of God, where they will find everything and who will do everything they can’t. They also accept their lives daily, like God’s undeserved gift, and thanks for all his blessings not only verbally but also in deeds. If we still can’t say for sure who we belong to, let’s stop for a moment and think about it. What it looks like inside us, in our families. What makes us happy? Our riches, our possessions, our meals, our housing, our clothes, our reason, dexterity, health? These matters, if they have seized our whole being, they gradually rob us of the joy of life, of peace, of enthusiasm, and finally of hope for eternity. Our boat will be full of cargo that we won’t get or, but we will slowly and surely sink into the evil that still surrounds us all the time.
There were a million floods of caterpillars in California. They would destroy the entire crop. Special planes sprayed, deep ditches were dug to detain the attackers. Nothing did help. Researchers have found that one species of flower helps to spread them. They began to destroy the flower and immediately managed to control the caterpillars. The invisible enemy is more dangerous than the visible. So it is in the spiritual life. Evil is dangerous. We are in danger from many sides. One of his means is attached to the property and earthly good. Do we want to avoid him? Let us receive this of Christ with sincere faith word and live according to it. We will thus become poor in spirit, and we will get a reward in the kingdom of heaven.
Recently, much attention has been paid to the topic of values. We look at it separately in public forums. And it’s a good trend. The motto word value and its derivatives (for example, valuable) point to something significant. Public figures often use terms such as ‘family values, ‘which this company is based on in their speeches, “Fundamental values of our society,” and the like. With such expressions, we seem to be constantly covered up. It seems that they contain something fundamental, something that lies at the very root of our human experience. But as appealing as the word may seem, it is not easy to determine through them what the term “value” means. While this ambiguity may suit, for example, politicians who use the word to provoke emotional reactions, it may be quite uncomfortable for the rest of us that such a vital factor as if lost its true content. One of the reasons for obscuring the concept of values is that this term is present in two areas of human existence. Is it the economic field and the sphere of human experience? Although it might seem that the moment of value is the same in both cases at a glance. However, a more in-depth analysis reveals that the perception of this concept is essential in these two areas’ differences, and these are critical to a correct understanding of values in the human realm.
Price and value
In economic terms, value is a simple quantity. Value is closely linked to “price,” and we are happy to have an exchange medium (money) that allows us to place any property or service on the universal scale of values. Value the relative price of any two items allows us to determine which is “more valuable” and see how diverse the values are. The market is working really well in our time. Its basis is that the price of a product is related to raw materials, design, production, and distribution spent on producing that product. Therefore, the product is intrinsically linked to the product itself, objectively measurable facts and factors, and not our personal assessment of the product. And in general, our behavior as consumers reflects this assertion. You would be willing to pay, say a million for a Ferrari; however, you wouldn’t pay so much for Škoda. And if they ask you why you would say that it is simply “not so good.” If you in a store, they found a TV with an 82-inch diagonal for 500 euros, you should be tempted to buy everything they have there.
When asked why you bought so many TVs when you need one, you would probably answer like this: “Because their true value it’s definitely at least tenfold. “And you probably would with the belief that you will be able to sell all those TVs to some eager customers for more than 500 euros. You know they would certainly immediately recognize the value of television. But as soon as we move on in our research, look at the consumer goods, the situation will change a bit. What, for example, determines the price of a work of art, say Van Gogh’s image? The price of canvas and paints cannot be higher than a few hundred euros. No matter how much we allocate to an artist’s work, we will certainly not come close to what this painting gets at auction. There may be less familiar paintings to me; the authors created even much longer than Van Gogh’s. However, they will not attract buyers for a fraction of the amount they are willing to pay these people for Van Gogh’s work. So, we got there to an area where price (or value) resulted from someone’s judgment. Individual artists can comply or cease to comply, and the prices of their works may rise or fall accordingly, without something would change in their works. Since the law of supply and demand determines prices, the value of a commodity is actually determined by how much it is valued or how popular it is – that is, the values become almost exclusively a subjective matter. Thus, they do not depend on the actual product on the intensity of the buyer’s desire for this product. Recordings became popular in the late 1980s, music on CD. Until then, LP records gradually lost value. Today, it has come so far that today these plates are sold for grandma, regardless of the cost of their production and recording on them. It was prevalent in the fifties and sixties, so-called hula hop. The hula-hoop is a plastic wheel with which the trainer rotates around his belt. To avoid falling, you need to twist your hips. At times, when these weirdos came on the market, they were costly. And they went on sale. But apart from the fact that they were behind them and that it was a kind of fashion, they were otherwise worthless. Their production price was a few euros.
Another example is a Rubik’s cube. About twenty years ago, she was smuggled in from us from abroad, and people were willing for her to pay large sums. Again, however: its real price was more or less symbolic. Prices depend on the ideas of buyers because economic value relating to beauty is a matter of taste. At the dog show, held in Milan, Italy, in March 1993, the German Shepherd Fan was awarded the “Golden Collar” prize. Many considered him the most beautiful German Shepherd of all time. His prize was a billion two hundred million Italian lire at the time, about three-quarters of a million US dollars.
We can examine the difference between Phantom and, let’s say, some neighbor Sally, which cost about 600 euros. Both are equally large, almost identical in color. They consume the same food, and they will both live for about ten years. Basically, there is no difference here, but some admirers and cytologists of the dog Fanta build at the level of 37 000 euros. And this is not just a matter of tricks or luxury things. Demand and, therefore, even the price jump in all consumption areas from home and apartments through the precious metals trade to simple things. Just remember, the enormous fluctuations in gold prices at the beginning of The 1980s make it clear that price stability is not guaranteed even for stably valuable goods (such as no doubt gold is). The desires and ideas of customers are changeable; they fly up and down like mercury in a thermometer.
It’s okay when it comes to the economic system. It can be but also to transfer to the realm of human values? Life offers us innumerable values to which it is not possible to attach price tags. For example, how much would you pay for a strong and united family? How much does a faithful husband cost? It’s like in one song, Beatles: Money can’t buy me, love – Love can’t buy me, love. Are all these values - human, religious, moral, and other similar values - based on similar subjective principles, personal desire, or taste, as in the market sphere? Many of you might say yes. Truth be told, the predominant factor of values in modern society is the economic model. Values are often considered only personal, private matter, creating individual or collective desires and farces. In this way, the values were reduced to an ordinary expression of personal emotion, such as a person subjectively prefers one color over another or prefers one sport before another.
Others argue that values must contain elements of stability and objectivity. This will then allow them to be judged as good or bad, deep or superficial, higher or lower. At its core, the question is whether some things in life are really better than others, or whether some things need to be pursued, even at the cost of great sacrifices, and others are not. If, in fact, everything is a throw-in, if there is no difference in value, let’s say between honesty and dishonesty, between war and peace, education and ignorance. It will not make sense to talk about values objectively. Regarding applying the economic model to human values in general, two problems need to be noted: the first is the radical subjectivity of the economic model that separates values from human existence. In the case of goods, the value fluctuates. However, separation is not possible here regarding human values closely linked to our human naturalness. Although running in the park or dieting can be fashionable, or vice versa, health will always be of high value to man.
The second difficulty stems from the temptation to place all values at the same level as if they were comparable. This process works in the economy because all consumer products can be translated into a standard scale using currency, i.e., money. However, in the case of human values, this mechanism is not can be applied. The value of sincerity cannot be weighed, for example, by a good lunch. Both sincerity and food are values, but each of them stands on a different level.
As I know you, you are not indifferent to your faith. You feel called to Christianity. Being a Christian does not mean that I accept the teachings of the Lord Jesus or speak to him by mouth, but believing and being a good Christian is a matter of life, being a faithful believer of Christ every day. On this subject, the Lord Jesus very often spoke to the apostles and the Pharisees to all who came to listen to his words. He once said these words: “Not everyone who says to me: Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 7:21). The Lord Jesus has invited us and still invites us today to practice this much-needed activity of ours. Our faith does not ask us for many beautiful words or flowery expressions but a sacrificial Christian life by asking for actions that would confirm the truth of what we are saying.
To practice such a religion, they want to encourage us to read at St. Mass, especially the encouragement of the poor widow, but also a warning to the scribes and Pharisees. With their lives, the Pharisees denied the true religion they preached through their mouths. Theoretically, they were religious, but as for practice, life, they did the exact opposite. They often prayed only for their people to see what the Lord Jesus rebuked them for. In this gospel, we are taught how to connect theory with practice and see its true religion. Above all, it must be a religion based on the inside, on the heart, on its needs, and for the needs of other hearts. Our faith must not be based on external things, processes, decorations, pomp. All this is good, we can say very good, but it is not proof of true religion. The Lord Jesus calls such religion a religion “to watch.” The Pharisees often practice this in their lives. They did everything so that people could see them. It often became pride for them, and there was a desire for material benefits.
This gospel also clearly states this: “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in long garments, long for greetings in the streets, for the first seats in synagogues, and feasts at feasts. They will eat the houses of the widows and seem to be praying for a long time. “(Mark 12: 38-40). there was no sincerity. It is difficult to dislike such a religion of the Lord God. The Lord Jesus often denounced it, pointing out that there can be no talk of true religion without inner transformation in man. What religion is in our hearts? It is above all a sensitive heart, a heart, who often prays in the words of the hymn of St. Ambrose: “Not to us, Lord, not to us, but your name, praise.” Let the words of St. Augustine be the main idea of our religion for us in this area: “When you pray, and in the hymns and songs, let your mouth say what is in your heart, what you live every day. “
True religion, therefore, comes from a devotional heart to God. True, it must be a religion supported by our whole lives. The Christian religion is not measured by the number of rosaries prayed or by the length of the devotions performed but by the depth with which we can make sacrifices. The gospel woman shows us the true treasury of religion. The Lord Jesus praised her religion publicly when He said to His Apostles, “Verily I say unto you, This poor widow hath cast in more than all those that have cast into the treasury. For they all gave of their abundance, but in her poverty, she gave all that she had, all her livelihood “(Mark 12: 43-44). It was not the sacrifice to the Lord Jesus, for it is not decisive before God. Still, her generosity was: above all, to glorify God, she proved it with a modest but significant gesture, when we do acts of religion in our lives, whether they are prayers, acts of mercy, we think of what leads us to this act, what is hidden in the secret chambers of our hearts, what are our secret thoughts, desires, if we do so with the thought of God, our sacrifice will be kindly accepted by God, but if we do something for the sake of admiration and sight, let us realize that we will already be rewarded for it on earth. Let us not earn merit for heaven, for heaven man earns merit exclusively by selfless deeds; such deeds are needed as much as possible in our lives; they are not only an ornament that values these deeds but also give the Church the splendor and glory. Something costs, the more with ú valuable in God’s eyes. There are a lot of people who can’t rate them. It doesn’t matter; it is not decisive. The main thing is that Almighty God will evaluate them. He alone will give us a truly objective reward for them. May our religion be the same as our lives. Let’s try to follow in this consideration of St. Vincent de Paul, Mother Teresa, and so many others who have so noble inscribed themselves in the history of our Church as faithful followers of the Lord Jesus. Let’s try our religion to reach for those things which will liken us to the Lord Jesus and unite us with him forever.
Marcel Callo can be an example. One of his friends from their group told a concise description about him: Marcel did not have two faces, only one. And he wore this Christian face everywhere. He found that more than words could be set by example. He was captivated by his example. He realized the unity of faith and life concretely in every weekday: in the performance of work, in his free time, but also his love for his fiancée Margate. We read in his records: Happiness lies in fulfilling the tasks it brings every day. Hard times have come for France. World War II. German troops occupied several French regions, and thousands of Frenchmen were taken to Germany for work. Marcel left voluntarily with his natives for labor camps. The reason for his voluntary departure? He wanted to help his brothers spiritually in a difficult position. He wanted them not to lose their faith, not to lose Christ because only he is their only salvation. Marcel knew what awaited him if he was caught in this lay apostolate of his. They managed to expose him. He was tortured in the Mauthausen concentration camp, where he died on March 19, 1945, just before the end of the war, as a martyr for the Catholic faith. He was only 24 years old. What to add? He had a heart in his deeds … Let the example of a poor but religious woman-widow open our eyes and help us look at our religion with the right view. It must not be a nonsensical religion, forced, soulless, but alive, humble, whose roots are in the human heart. It will be for God’s celebration and salvation for us.
How many times have we had to endure ridicule and humiliation! People stop respecting each other and often insult each other. They like to make a fool of each other. Therefore, we are certainly not surprised that Jesus had to go through such a process of human malice. Even his own relatives thought he was confused, and other people accused him of collaborating with the devil.
The scriptures have captured several expressions by which people have humiliated Jesus: possessed by the devil, Beelzebub’s ally, drunkard, a friend of the public, rich man, a transgressor of the law, dishonor of the sabbath, thug, seducer. Just a simple fabrication. Let us remember the goodness with which he acted towards sinners, the sick, and the old. He proved to all the fullness of his love and mercy. This was also evidenced by the countless crowds that flowed behind him. Marek writes: So many crowds gathered again that they could not even eat bread. All of them were sure that Jesus was completely healthy, and Peter declared on behalf of all: Lord, you have the words of eternal life! When Jesus’ enemies found out that they were not talking about fools, they decided to cast suspicion on Jesus of being associated with the prince of the devils, with his help to perform miracles and casting out devils. However, Jesus also refutes this accusation when he says that he cannot possess him who casts out the devil. To cast out the devil with the help of the devil would mean that Satan’s kingdom is divided and, as such, doomed to extinction. However, Satan’s kingdom falls apart because the coming of Jesus approaches the kingdom of God. He is the strongest because he expels Satan from the house of the human heart.
In this way, Jesus was able to defend himself masterfully. The people who crowded around him and listened to these words were certain that all the accusations made against Jesus were a lie. That’s why they stay with him and listen to him. He rewards them for their faith because he puts them on an equal footing with his mother and relatives. It also makes a beautiful external gesture. He pointed to all who sat at the bottom and said: Behold my mother and my brothers. For everyone who doth the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, sister, and mother.
Although more than 2,000 years have passed since the earthly life of Jesus Christ, the situation is repeated. People also look at it from different angles. Some consider him a slave who rebelled against the Roman government, others as an Asian wizard and fakir, others as an eastern ascetic. Some even claim that he did not live at all. But some consider him a fool. However, Jesus defends himself and shows everyone that he is the Son of God who came to this world to redeem humanity. Through the love of sacrificial priests and religions, he proves this through pure souls after holy confession, through several heroic martyrs, and millions of sincere Christians. By His divine power, he expels diabolic – sins from our souls as well. When sin expels, the kingdom of God, the kingdom of righteousness, love, and peace, comes to it.
At this moment, too, we are convinced that he is the Son of God and that all the accusations against him are a lie. Therefore, let us stay with him, listen to his words, and call with St. Peter: Lord, you have the words of eternal life! At this moment, Jesus will reward us with praise and tell us: Everyone who does the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother, sister, and mother. Thus, faith and the pursuit of his will keep us close to Jesus.
The announcer of the Viennese television, which the viewers called the most sympathetic – Helga Lachmer, ended the night program and told the television viewers: Before I wish you good night, I have good news for you. Tomorrow I am going to the convent, and I promise you that I will remember you before God. Good night! Her words caused a huge commotion; the most sympathetic and most beautiful herald enters the monastery! The journalists had a finished “harvest,” When asked why she had decided what motivated her, she replied: I was attracted to Holy Mass, and I could not last a day without it.
Helga is an example of faith and the effort to do God’s will. Let us also try to strengthen ourselves in the faith and live our whole lives so that we speak and fulfill the words that we repeat so often – be your will… Then Jesus will point to us and say: Behold, my mother, brothers, and sisters.
What are we, spiritually motivated people, actually looking for? Examining people interested in the spiritual life, whether they are saints or only those who seek holiness, shows that they are unique. In his work Varieties of Mystical Experience, Father Elmer O’Brien concluded that mystics differ from one another. When Christians who strive for something reveal their experiences to others, it becomes clear that there are big subjective differences in how they perceive God’s call and answer it. This difference reflects the divine immensity and size. It is a rich source for ours meditation and contemplation as far as William James is talking after it shows the uniqueness of each individual.
We are all created with the ability to seek and find God, be the living stones of his Church, finite and creatures in a direct relationship with the Infinite. In each case, the uniqueness of the individual in spirituality is preserved in life. Von Hüge l emphasized in his monumental study of spiritual elements in religion that “the mystery of spiritual life and is ultimately a unity in an unimaginable quantity. “
In the midst of this immense variety, the individual finds his place, based on God’s will, who called and gave each one of us life and gave immortality to each. The characteristic character of you can e to find right in this individuality. Of course, when I look at e experience of the individual, there may also be a generalization. And when we sort and divide elements, stars, or animals by classifying them into certain categories according to size, shape, density, or many units, I can also e divide people in terms of what they expect as they set out on their journey to God. These sorts are not as distinctive as the different species of animals tables of elements, but if the psychological classifications of human behavior are interconnected if the colors in the rainbow. One and blends the other. I called them the “four voices of God,” and by so m simplified deep and traditional philosophical thinking.
The four voices of God
Answering God in one way does not mean that I can answer in all possible ways. The essential relationship of a Christian to God’s life, in which a person knows God and the Trinidadian life, is the result of Christ’s revelation – as the Incarnate Word. Rather, if we come to a key relationship with its origin in God himself, I must e consider people considering their personal response to God. A general view of the great personalities of the spiritual life proves how he and they perceived God. The terminology they used to describe their understanding of God is based on a scholastic philosophical view of God, and its roots go back to Greek philosophy. This philosophy and may be more useful in the study of different types of responses to God than the philosopher and the Saint scriptures because the Bible s and tries to evaluate people easily relates their positive, partial, or negative answer to God, and thus classifies them as holy, lukewarm, indifferent or lost. Western philosophers and claim that e people know and seek God and, as One, Truth, Good, and beauty. If you examine yourself or those who do well you know regarding the spiritual life, you will notice that, for the most part, people suit one or maybe two categories. Hereby was useful to mention some examples of the living greats of Christianity.
GOD AS ONE
God knew and understood as One, if the highest and living being, attracts people whose life is intellectual and emotional searching for unity. He and such persons are usually always conscious of internal opposites or opposing forces that endanger man, and by that, they can divide and tear its interior. The forces of danger have the real and necessary balance needed to man could be human. Then God is perceived if one that brings unity into the experienced chaos. Saint Catherine of Genoa, a great figure in the mysticism of the fifteenth century, von Hüge l describes as a person with such strong and contradictory tendencies that he had only one choice: to pass on with and the call of God, or with and to fall apart. He used his immense energy and talent and experienced the spiritual life and at the same time in the management of one of the largest charitable institutions in the world. He was responsible for and initiated the real reform of the Catholic Church. If you’re reading her resume, you will surely be impressed by her constant effort to straighten the whole thing personalities to fulfill God’s love. Catherine was and could live his life in the Renaissance style – indulge in pleasures and average religion. But it was about it for beating her and impossible. After several years of chronic neurotic depression, he decided and turned his whole attention to the love of God and neighbor. Its straightforwardness was so strong that he could reconcile his sovereign love in God with a strong affection for her husband, family, and friends.
The contemporary French writer Jean Gene is a completely e different example of contradictory persons. It mocks l s and of all the spiritual, but he complained that the prison chaplain does not speak of God. Jean t sought unity in total surrender to evil. Follow and do evil he tried with such purity and sincerity in his heart as it is characteristic of the mystical life. Even they called him “the devil in the holy world.” But since evil can never be done by man and satisfy, whose life has worsened and caused even greater internal conflict. The gene t represents that group of people incapable of such a unity that would bring them peace because the following evil and in its essence leads to the disintegration of personality. My and my experience with anonymous and alcoholics showed me that for people looking for psychological balance, it is not uncommon that it is the scars of a difficult life and will help them on their knees for God.
If God is attracted to One, you should accept this aspect of your spirituality for life and not fight against it. One of the anomalies of disturbed human nature is that We do not accept the answer we are looking for even if we find her because we are too accustomed to pain and confusion. It seemed when such people said about when: “I have always been with myself, and I am inwardly divided.” the objective is to surrender to the One completely. Namely, it leads to unification, as it is written in the speech at the top. You, who are called and can pay the price, find peace, which the world can never give. But a man must not be afraid to find him.
We would know at all, somehow define? We would be able to determine somehow where we are the true Christian faith begins, as the Bible says and where, on the contrary, is that faith still not?
When the Bible speaks of faith and Christianity in general, it points to
one important little thing. For example, Jesus quotes Isaiah: “For the heart of this people is dull: they have hardly heard their ears, and their eyes have closed; that they may not see with their eyes and hear with their ears, that they may not understand with their hearts; and they have not been converted — so that I cannot heal them ”(Mt 13:15). And again, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy mind-heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind! 38 It is the greatest and first commandment. ”(Mt 22: 37n). Elsewhere, he blames himself again to the disciples: “You who do not understand and have a heart to believe everything spoke the prophets! 26 Didn’t the Messiah suffer all this, and so on to enter into your glory? ”(Lk 24,25n).
When Stefan speaks in council, he will say, “51 You stubborn with an uncircumcised heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you as well as your fathers. ”(Acts 7.51). And Paul again warns the Romans: “5 But you are with your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you accumulate anger for the day of anger, when the righteous judgment of God will be revealed ”(Rom 2: 5). And then he immediately outlines the solution: “9 For if by your mouth you confess: “Jesus is Lord!” And in your heart, you will believe that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved ”(Rom 10: 9). Enough? Did we notice?
According to the Bible, faith and Christianity itself are a matter HEART! In Hebrew – and Jesus, Stephen and Paul were Hebrew, and they thought in Hebrew – the word heart, healing, means something like the center of gravity and the center of the whole person. Believe in the heart – today would we may have said to believe essentially. Just like that Finally, the Catechism of the Catholic Church also speaks when he defines the Christian faith in the words: “By faith man is completely he subordinates his intelligence and will to God. All my own by being manifesting his agreement with God the Revelatory. ”(KKC 143). Faith, then, is the essential attitude of the whole person. This is just this one attitude, which is exactly what the Bible has in mind when he speaks of faith. Everything else, everything less, by faith t’s not. She is a mere opinion. Nothing more… And between faith and opinion is a huge difference! We can best understand this with this example:
• Faith is a matter of inner, the deepest conviction. If someone asks you: “You really believe that this house will be in an hour, will it collapse? ”, and you will answer,“ Yes, I firmly believe in an hour it will fall! ”- then it means that you take what you can and from home, you run away. It goes without saying what else could be done in the house, which is already falling?
• But opinion, this is a superficial, external thing. Our life does not determine opinions. Opinion – that means saying something as follows: “Yes, I think that this house may fall into hours. Same. It is possible. But I believe it won’t happen. ” And that’s why no escape takes place… The problem is that our Christianity is largely based just on the level of opinions. We can see it on such things that concern our lives, so more specifically. For example, such a death: We are, of course, of that opinion and the opinion that after death, of course, there is eternal and beautiful life in Heaven. We’re Christians, aren’t we? Such a belief, however, belongs to Christianity! But – what, in fact, inside, do we believe in the heart? Just look at the people at, for example, Christian funerals! In one of his letters, Paul writes:
13 We would not, brethren, that ye should not know what is done to the dead; lest you grieve like others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, is God he will bring those who have fallen asleep with him through Jesus ”(1 Thess. 4: 13n). And that’s a reason for great joy. But what do you see at funerals? Rejoicing people? Dancing over that again, one of them is already safe, at home? And the joy of being already, will we follow them soon? Fig! You see crying, crying, interpretation of condolences, and the like. Why? Because not an opinion yet is faith. And whatever our opinion, our faith, it is a deep, subconscious belief that governs our lives and ours. The action is about another: here, specifically, about that real-life, we live on earth, and death means losing everything, and therefore to die is indeed a tragedy…
And so you can see “Christians” who are on the one hand opinions that they agree with everything that is written in the Bible and what the Church has announced, hey… but on the other hand live indistinguishable from people who are not believers. They live completely secularly. Why? Because their inner faith believes in something completely different. Exactly what people without Hope believe… And so, instead of living with the living God, whom he truly and deeply trusts instead, they live only with a Christian view instead
of faith and with the thought of God instead of God himself. But that’s terribly little…
The feast of the “Body of God” was introduced to the whole church by Pope Urban IV. Even before this holiday has been celebrated since 1209 in Luttich at the invitation of the mystic Juliana of Luttich. Bulla Transiturus, by which the Pope ordered the celebration of this feast, begins with the words: the blood in which he divided his body as food and his blood as a drink. For whenever we eat this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death. However, at the appointment of this sacrament, he told his apostles himself, “Do this in remembrance of me,” so that this great and revered sacrament may become the most urgent sign for us – a reminder of the great love with which he loved us.
All three readings we have heard tell us something about the covenant between man and God. Although He is infinitely superior to man, He makes a covenant with man. He treats us completely human. When you want to insure yourself, you make a deal with someone. The agreement is binding on both parties. Each agreement has certain conditions and certain consequences or obligations. It could be summarized as follows: “If You fulfill my condition, I will fulfill my obligation to you.” For example, in the first reading, we hear about the covenant between Israel and God through Moses. “Moses came and told the people all the words and statutes of the Lord. And the people answered with one voice, saying, All that the Lord hath said shall we do.
There is something in these words that must not be missing in the survival of the Eucharist as the covenant of the New Testament. We call reception “Latin” communio, “which we can translate into Slovak as unification. To survive full union with someone, physical contact is not enough, but we need to know his thoughts, feelings, and desires. Like the Jews relating (to) the Word of God spoken through Moses, we must first become disciples of the Word of Jesus, who commit: “We will fulfill all that the Lord has said.”
This is a basic condition of the New Testament Treaty. For unification to take place and for us to be able to receive the promises of Christ, we must first accept his Word by faith. Before each Holy Communion, the Word of God is first proclaimed. Before Holy Communion, we are called to say our yes to the “Word of God.” If we do not speak it, if we disagree with the Word of God, and dare to accept, then we commit sacrilege. We receive the Body and Blood of Jesus, but not in the Spirit he gives himself to us. I am not alive by the same Spirit like Christ.
The covenant of Moses was made in the blood of sacrificial animals. Blood has always played a significant role in concluding contracts between people in ancient times. As if both sides of the covenant promised their blood, their lives, with this blood. Agreements between people were also concluded as alliance agreements against enemies. Christ entered the uncreated sanctuary, not with the blood of animals but with his own, and thus gained us eternal life and redemption. The blood of Christ, which through the eternal Spirit Himself offered to God as a spotless sacrifice, cleansed our consciences from dead works so that we could serve the living God. And that is why Christ is the Mediator of the New Covenant. This new contract is concluded in itself. It is in Christ that God and man are strangely united. The covenant and alliance between man and God. The Covenant and our Salvation. The covenant that God will be with us in our struggle with Evil.
Let’s take another look and remember what our St. Mystery teaches about this great secret. Father Francis: “The Lord Jesus said to his disciples,“ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you knew me, you would know my Father. Now you know him, for you have seen him. “Philip said to him,” Lord, show us the Father, and we need no more. ” He who sees me sees the Father. ” The Father“ dwells in an inaccessible light, ” God is a spirit, ” and“ God has never seen God. ” Because God is a spirit, he is visible only in the Spirit because“ what gives life is the Spirit, the body itself it means nothing. “
However, neither the Son, as long as he is equal to the Father, is visible to anyone other than the Father, nor other than the Holy Spirit. Therefore all those who saw the Lord Jesus in his humanity but did not see him in his faith and believed in him, according to the Spirit and divinity, were the true Son of God. Likewise, all those who see the sacrament of the Body of Christ, which is sacred in the hands of the priest on the altar through the words of the Lord in the form of bread and wine, are rejected, but who do not see according to spirit and divinity that it is truly the holiest Body and Blood of our The Lord Jesus Christ, as the Highest himself testifies, when he says, “This is my body, this is my blood of the new covenant,” and “He who is my body and drinks my blood has eternal life.” who dwells in his faithful receives the holiest Body and Blood of the Lord, all others who do not have that spirit and dare to receive “eat and drink you are condemned “
Well, “people, how long do you want to have an incomprehensible heart,” why don’t you want to know the truth and “believe in the Son of God”? Behold, he humiliates himself daily, as he once descended from the “royal throne” into the life of the Virgin, comes to us daily in humility, and descends daily from the Father’s womb in the hands of the priest to the altar. And as he appeared to the holy apostles in the real body, he appears to us today in the holy bread. As they, when they looked at him, they saw only his body but believed that he was Lord and God because they looked at him with spiritual sight, so we also, when we see bread and wine with the physical sight, let us see and believe that it is his true and living most holy Body and Blood. And in this way, the Lord is always with His faithful, as He says, “Behold, I am with you until the end of this age.”
To point to Jesus, who is the way to our salvation.
Jesus said to the Sadducees, “God is not the God of the dead, but the living” (Mk 12.7). Why such sharp words to address Sadducees? To understand why The Lord Jesus reproaches that they are spiritually dead, we must know the historical background of Israel. Until the 2nd century before Jesus, the Jewish nation was not divided into Pharisees and Sadducees. This did not happen until it began to infiltrate Palestine Greek culture, which was marked not only by the freedom of life but also by various streams of thought that precluded the presence of God in the world. And so, when the Jewish nation met with pagan culture, the leaders of the nation split into groups that felt the danger of paganism: the Pharisees and salvation sought in what the strongest implementation of the law of Moses. At the same time, the Sadducees supported Greece education and disseminated it. Only the richest families of the Jewish nation belonged to them.
They claimed that God did not interfere in any way in the management and maintenance of the world; they did not believe in the existence of angels and denied posthumous retribution. Evangelist Marek in his reminders the Gospel that they do not even believe in the resurrection (cf. Mk 12:18). For that, Jesus tells them that God is the God of the living and refers to the words of God To Moses: “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of James” (Mk 12:26), which the Sadducees recognized.
As Israel encountered the pagan during its historical development
culture, we are also exposed daily to the different views they push into our life pagan thinking. How often faith is promoted in the media in reincarnation of the soul and offers cheap answers to questions of the meaning of life. People are willing to pay hard money to know their future, travel distances to visit various seers, magicians, and healers, who, under the guise of a beautiful future, can snatch them to the last penny. Horoscopes are read because it’s modern to know what they’re telling us stars. And if we have exhausted all possibilities and found no answer, we end our lives by suicide or, at best, on the bed of the ward of psychiatry. On the outside, it seems to be modern life without God. But it’s just a shell of a nice, painted egg, which instead of life hides a rotten one Contents. Man naturally longs for God. And because he is wounded by sin, he needs him even more because only He can heal him. The Sadducees also feel it, of which we have heard today, and therefore come to Jesus with their questions.
They show us where we should come when we feel difficulty or doubts. Jean Guitton, a Catholic philosopher of the 20th century, says that almost all people admit the existence of the Absolute, that is, they believe in God. An atheist who has stopped believing in God thinks he no longer believes in the Absolute, but in reality, he believes in one of the Absolute forms, which is not personal. And this philosopher continues: “Me too I am an atheist when it comes to Nietzsche God, Marx God, Freud’s God. An atheist dancing with joy. An ungodly atheist. If one said Christians that they are atheists would no longer be so afraid to say that they believe in God. ”1 “Our God is the God of the living, not the dead” (Mark 12:27). Jesus gives us hope. It does not leave us in delusion or deception, as many times do magazines or television programs. He gives us confidence because he gives us himself. In a little while, the bread and wine will be transformed into the Body and blood of the Son of God. The same one that tells us that our God is alive. I beg you, Lord, for the gift of living faith, that I may remain faithful to You in my life, in my words, in my own deeds. So that once in the resurrection I believe in and confess, I can hear from you telling me, “Good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few, I will set thee over many things: enter into the joy of your Lord ”(Mt 25:23).
Encourage believers that the Lord Jesus is the Source and Strength in the life of a Christian. One rhetorical principle is that if you want to rebuke someone, then first praise and encourage him to bear the words of criticism easily. And it’s true because we can easily encourage the person we get to do better.
In the Gospel pericope, we have heard Jesus say: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Mark 12:17). The Pharisees come to Jesus and are first treated: “Teacher, we know that you tell the truth and teach the way of God ”(Mark 12:14). Then they ask him if he freely pays taxes to the emperor to catch him in his speech and accuse him. If they were the Lord Jesus, he answered in the affirmative, and he would pit all pious Jews against himself. If he replied in the negative, he could be charged as a farmer by the Roman authorities. But he knew their cunning (cf. Mk 12:15) and the thoughts of their hearts and therefore did not remain in your answer only outside. His answer reaches the inside of a man. “Give it to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and what is God’s to God ”(Mark 12:17). Jesus wants to avoid putting on one level of secular and spiritual duties but points to fulfilling them.
During his earthly life, Christ recognized the authority of the time’s
social establishment, which was the Roman Empire. Although it was imperfect, an establishment marked by slavery, cruelty, and autocracy. The first Christian after Jesus’ resurrection, the community followed its Master in obedience against the lords. In his letters, Paul often admonished believers to work; they lived honestly and were role models in the performance of their status duties for the Gentiles. He calls for prayer for the superiors. Whoever opposes the lords oppose the God of order. The rulers do not have to be afraid of the one who does well but does badly. Therefore, secular power must be subordinated not only out of fear but out of conscience. That’s why you pay two taxes, for those who ask them are God’s servants (cf. Rom 13: 1-7).
The Lord Jesus invites us to participate in His divine life. Let’s not leave be discouraged by the various pitfalls we encounter daily. God’s word is current at all times, as was the case 2000 years ago, when the world at that time was under the domination of Rome, even today when the political situation is completely different. Man is weak in the world creature. He is not equipped with such senses and abilities as animals to survive in the world. Thus, the philosopher Pascal says: “Man is only a reed tossed in the wind …” A yet, he is the crown of creation, the lord of the world. How is it possible? The answer is the completion of Pascal’s statement: “… man is only a reed, but a thinking reed.” That’s her the ability by which man surpasses all creation. That’s why we need other people.
One person alone would probably have a hard time surviving on earth. But connecting people into big makes life easier for all. So, everyone adds a hand to the work, and together we can create great things. However, one great temptation is that one forgets to God, from whom he has life, body, soul, and reason. He wants to be like God. This is where it comes from every hatred of neighbor, anger, and finger-pointing. Gradually, respect for life is lost. The mother feels responsible for deciding whether she wants to give birth to a child or a corpse. And that then returns to parents like a boomerang in their old age when their children make decisions about life or death in old age so that they no longer suffer. Holy Father John Paul II. says about such a way of life as a civilization of death. When a person considers himself God, nothing is God anymore, and everything is an emperor. The Lord Jesus is addressing us today, and he invites us to be propagators of the civilization of love and life. Love your neighbor, in reality, means loving life.
God embraces us with His love. We are his children. He does not leave us orphans. He offers himself to us; he gives himself to us in his son.
He forgives us of our iniquities, even all our secret mistakes. Let’s give it back to him to our love, and then we will fill in the words: “Give to the emperor what is the emperor and to God what is God ”(Cf. Mk 12: 7). How can we do that? So, that we will be faithful to him in words, attitudes, and deeds. Let’s learn to see Jesus in our neighbor. Too in those who do us wrong. Let this example also encourage us: In a Muslim village in Lebanon, a small group of people became Christians. By closing all Muslim doors to them. Christians could no longer stop at the square with other people to smoke and talk; women could no longer walk on water to the village well. New Christians were forced to dig a well at their expense.
Once, however, the village well dried up, and it was over water. Christians called on their countrymen to go and take water from their wells. And they did something else. They put a sign on all their houses:
“Christians live here.” So, everyone knew that he would find help in that house and an outstretched hand.