Year B- 25th Sunday in ordinary time
29 And departing from there, they passed through Galilee, and he did not want anyone to know it.
Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of JesusI am the man of suffering, I know human pain because I have suffered it, I have surrendered my life to be altar, sacrifice and victim. Isaiah describes me in Chapter 53 talking about my death and explaining how, by my wounds all are healed.
Even after having revealed to my disciples my future death in the hands of men and my resurrection, they did not understand. They never imagined that the powerful man who could perform miracles, who had divine eloquence, was going to be a subject of mocking and martyrdom; that he was going to be humiliated by men until death, so that all would be forgiven their sins. More extraordinary for them was to listen to something never mentioned before, the resurrection from death.
Their minds were full of certain proud happiness as they were sharing my wisdom and my power, it seemed that they had forgotten my saying, “he who wants to be my disciple, must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me”. I was about to deny my own life in order to surrender it to my Father for the forgiveness of sins; I was getting prepared to carry my cross and to fulfill my mission as Savior.
In the same way, the life of each human being is full of moments of happiness, sorrow, joy, suffering, work, dissipation, courage, fear, foolishness, wisdom, laughter, tears, sin, repentance and so many other things. But above all these, there must be self-denial before the Divine Providence; humility must be outstanding, because without it, you cannot walk in my way. He who feels that he is great is the smallest in the sight of God, he who becomes small in humility and has holy fear of God, is great before Him, he is like an image of God who being so great has descended to share the human misery.
I said, he who receives a child in my name receives me. I took a little child as an example of someone who in his innocence and littleness is great before God, and have told you, unless you become like little children, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This is a call to humility, because God rejects the proud, but delights exalting the humble.
Woe to those who seek human honors, power, riches and influence on others, they are too far from humility; on the other hand, those who deny themselves surrendering to the divine providence, are discovering the holy innocence that is found in children, who depend totally on their parents.
Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary
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