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Can Your Heart Hear?

November 25, 2016

Yesterday we spoke of Saint Francis and poverty and humility.  To grab ahold of our yoke, in submission to God.  It is poverty that we let go of our treasures and it is humility to not ask for payment.  It is Love, the mutual othering of society; I shall wish you well, with all my strength, heart and soul, and desire nothing in return.  That’s love!  You must surrender yourself.  Now, let’s examine the next step: adoption and circumcision.

Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”  They haven’t quite figured out the dynamic here, between John the Last Prophet of the Old Testament, and the Messiah revealed in the New Testament.  It is a Transfiguration.  Luke frequently writes of the Fatherhood of God, and here we can almost see Jesus smiling as he says “Father.”  “Hallowed be your name.”  In an amazing act of mutual love, Jesus is loving the Father in return.  God manifests his holiness and sanctifies his name in Jesus!  Remember, yesterday, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son”?  Why?  Because they have had mutual love for each other for all time, and even before time!  And now Christ is revealing the Father to us, by letting us know him; we are children of God.  It is this adoption that the disciples were called to, and that we are called to each and every day.  “Your Kingdom come” God.  Not our Kingdom, but God’s, which we attain by righting ourselves and allowing the adoption.  Father Benedict writes of this, “The first and essential thing is a listening heart, so that God, not we, may reign” (Jesus of Nazareth, p.146).  The more we adopt ourselves to the Father, the more we rely upon him for our daily sustenance, the closer we are adopted to the Kingdom of God.

In the Letter to the Galatians, Paul writes of the issue of circumcision.  He and Peter were at odds whether the Gentiles should be circumcised.  Paul argues successfully, “that they were not on the right road in line with the truth of the Gospel.”  How often do we find ourselves here!?  Paul called Peter out.  And the Galatians all exhaled.

Remember, Jesus called us to what?  Mercy, not sacrifice.  To achieve mercy, we must circumcise our heart.  We must cut out those portions that do not align with God’s will for us.  Is he talking about cutting out all things enjoyable?  No.  Again, Father Benedict, “there is also the ideology of success, of well being, that tells us, ‘God is just a fiction, he only robs us of our time and our enjoyment of life.  Don’t bother with him!  Just try to squeeze as much out of life as you can’… It is only when you have lost God that you have lost yourself.”

And so Paul shows the others it is not a physical circumcision that aligns ourselves to the Father, and it is not a dietary circumcision either.  But the food we need for our sustenance is Christ, that is our daily bread – the Eucharist – and by cutting away the hindrances of our heart, we can now see that we are called to give bread to others as well.  And so we learn that the Kingdom of God – is participatory.  It is making a conscious decision – day after day.  Until He comes.

 

Love, Papa

October 5, 2016, Wednesday, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14.  They recognized the grace bestowed upon me.

Responsorial – Psalm 117:1bc, 2.  Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

Luke 11:1-4.  Lord, teach us to pray.

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