Fr. Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Saturday, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
October 14, 2023, Luke 11:27-28
You are set aside to be your best.
“Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” Sometimes, you see a son or daughter following in the steps of their father or mother. It can be in a trade or even sports. Tiger Woods and his son come to mind. It’s amazing how similar are their golf swings when viewing them side by side
Jesus did this in His humanity. He learned from His mother and foster father what it meant to be the best human being He could be. When Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the temple, the Gospel tells us that Jesus “grew in wisdom and knowledge.”
To educate is more than handing down knowledge. It’s to train someone in virtue: A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person to perform good acts and give his best. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions. Catechism of the Catholic Church #1803).
The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
The Gospel Challenge: Our parents brought us to our baptism to set us aside for God. We live, like Jesus, not for ourselves but for Him and others. We are set aside for God’s purpose. Think of your purpose as a spouse, a parent, an employee, or a friend.
We are blessed to be the spouse, parents, and friends God ordained us. What will you do today to be the best you can be? Jesus gives us His virtues to be our best in prayer. So go to Him every day. The Church, down the centuries, calls this pursuit “holiness.” We are still telling stories of holy people who died two millennia ago. Who will tell your story?
IGNITE THE FIRE.
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
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