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6/25/17 Twelfth of Ordinary Time - Fr. Damian

 Today, we live in the age of technology. In a way, we are sometimes better able to understand, and make our own, the words of Jesus.

It is true that in every age men have hidden themselves to murmur some secret in their neighbor's ear.

But now we often see men and women make use of a small device known as an "earphone" which connects them to their phone, or to the office of their director, in the case of the host of a television show...

 

This earphone allows us to hear, in the hollow of our ear, our boss's orders, or news from our friend or our children. An earphone can also serve as a hearing aid, alleviating a hearing problem.

These two examples can help us to understand what is done in us by the Holy Spirit, who is there to remind us of the words of Jesus, by speaking to us in the hollow of the ear of our heart... For the Holy Spirit is our guide and our teacher, but above all he is our friend!

 

It's true that God does not need to use an earphone to speak to us. But, sometimes, do we not receive signs or warnings: a tragic accident from which we barely escaped, or the conversion of someone dear to us and for whom we have prayed much? Let us take a look at our life and see what God has written there. Then let us not hesitate to proclaim from the rooftops the blessings of the Mercy of God!

 Jesus says in today’s Gospel:

“And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?

Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

The combat of faith is a spiritual combat! Our battle for the Kingdom of God in Heaven and on Earth is a combat that, throughout the ages, has taken the form of true psychological warfare. Each year brings its share of martyrs: may they pray for us!

But each day brings a certain number of people who, vigorously, strengthened by the Power of the Holy Spirit, resist the temptation of the contemporary world: a life without God... Plug in your earphone! Listen to the voice of the Teacher, confide in your Friend! Pray through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary!

 

Jesus says: “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.

But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

 The Apostles saw Jesus dead and resurrected. This is why they could say: “This Jesus raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.” We who have not seen Jesus are also witnesses of his Resurrection: it is our faith that tells us of it! For our faith makes us participants in the Resurrection of Christ! If, unfortunately, we did not believe that, then our faith would be in vain...

 

We are witnesses of the Resurrection: we have conquered the world, through our faith! We listen to what the Spirit says to us! We have plugged in our spiritual earphone: through Mary, we follow the Spirit, who reminds us of the words of Jesus. Do not be afraid!

 

 

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