And out of pity for him, the lord of the servant released him and forgave him his debt. Mt. 18:27
Jesus, on the Cross, by His Blood, pay our debt. Being humans, we may get caught up in sin. We may break the Commandment to Love God and our neighbor. And our neighbor (here we follow Jesus’ teaching, everyone is our neighbor) may break the Commandment of Love in dealing with us. As followers of Christ, we must allow God to forgive our trespasses (sometimes we may feel that we are unforgivable, but that is a lie from the evil one) and we must forgive those who trespass against us. We are to be the healer in relationships. This is difficult because this requires a supernatural relationship with others. How can we be a follower of Jesus and not forgive others?
This week we have two wonderful feasts that make clear the importance of forgiveness. Our forgiveness required Our Lord and Our Lady to pay an extremely high price so that our debt would be paid in full. We celebrate the Exaltation of The Holy Cross on 14 September 2020 and The Sorrowful Mother on 15 September 2020.
May we join Jesus as people who forgive! Let us pray for the gift of forgiving. May we be more like Jesus.
9/11/2001 is a day that we must remember. It seems that many parts of our society wants to let it go back into history, but that is a mistake. On that day and the days following it, brought out the best of who we are as the United States of America. We can get together to fight a common threat. On that day 19 years ago, we were one Nation under God!
We are in troubling times now as we deal with other threats to us. If we could remember those days around 9/12/2001, and apply them to our present crises, we could unite again as one Nation under God with liberty and justice for all!
Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20
Our faith is a relational faith. We are in a profound relationship with Jesus and with each other. We call this Church. Praying individually is important but praying as a community is important too.
The World has changed so much this year of 2020. Some of us, often because of health issues, cannot meet together physically, but we can meet virtually. Jesus is present even then! Let us grow our faith together.
September 5th is an important Solemnity for Our Lady of Mount Caritas. It is the Feast of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She still challenges us to be real as Disciples of Jesus. May we listen to her and be enlightened by her, to serve the Lord!
Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up his cross , and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
It seems amazing that to follow Jesus, we must lose ourselves to find ourselves. We must deny who we think we are and in Jesus become the people that we were meant to be.
St. Peter’s error in words he made to Jesus helps us to understand a possible error that we can all easily make. Peter said:”God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to You.” (Matthew 16:22) Peter is not taking up his cross in life. Simply put, Peter’s cross is to follow Jesus to the Cross! This is not what the Peter of the World wanted. But without denying his Earthly self, his Earthliness, he would never experience the Divine Peace that can only be found in following the Lord. Without this surrender, Peter would lose Jesus and His Resurrection.
Thank God that Peter became his real self!
To find our real selves, we must look beyond the world and follow the Creator of the World. We do this by following Jesus!
Let us pray and help each other deny our false selves and be real in Jesus!
Happy Second Day of the Octave of Prayer. The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Please note that you can join us in prayer in whatever religious tradition that you are part of. Prayer is powerful and the Almighty hears and answers our prayers according to the Almighty’s Will.
Today we look at St. Matthew 15: 21-28. This selection provides a powerful teaching for us to apply to our lives. The Canaanite Woman would not take a no from Jesus. In her beseeching Our Lord, she teaches us that we must be determined in faith. Because in her faith that Jesus was her only hope, even though she was an outsider, her daughter was healed.
As we continue our Octave of Prayer, let us pray with the determination of the Canaanite Woman, knowing that Jesus wants to heal us and those whom we love.
Our Lord, after teaching and healing and feeding the multitude, needed to commune with the Father. He sent His Disciples ahead of Him to the other side by boat. The Disciples were in a storm at sea and Jesus walked on the sea to join them. This was extraordinary and Jesus’ Disciples were in fear. Jesus explained that it was He. Peter, one of the Disciples, call out to Him, and asked to join Him on the sea. And Peter lost faith and started to sink.
Peter is so human! He tries to be good but he fails. He is such a normal human being and gives us normal people a powerful example of what to do when life overwhelms us. Peter give us a small prayer with great power: Lord, save me! Peter was grasped by Jesus and brought to safety.
This time we are in, the Pandemic of 2020, can get overwhelming at times. We, like Peter, may start to sink, but we have a Savior that is mighty to save! Jesus walks above all the tempests in life and will lift us to safety! Our power is found in prayer: Lord, save me! And He will!
We, the Community of Our Lady of Mount Caritas, are with you in prayer!
Jesus wants to feed all of us! In our Gospel reading we see Jesus feeding the 5,000. He is concerned if people go home, they would be too weak and may collapse during their journey from lack of nutrition. His love is practical and He expects those who are His disciples to be practical too.
In this scene we see that the Disciples were at a loss about feeding the multitude. They realized that their resources were insufficient for the task. They were depending on their own abilities and they knew they would fail. However, Jesus asked them to give what they have and to trust in Him. We know the result of this trust.
We are Jesus’ disciples today! He asks us to give Him what we have and He will do the rest. Total Trust in Jesus.
Our Ministry at Our Lady of Mount Caritas is based on Total Trust in Jesus. We know that if it is His Holy Will, He will provide for our needs to do the Ministry of feeding the poor and praying for all of your intentions.