Brothers and sisters:
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God, who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of its glory that was going to fade, how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious, the ministry of righteousness will abound much more in glory. Indeed, what was endowed with glory has come to have no glory in this respect because of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was going to fade was glorious, how much more will what endures be glorious.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."
My husband and I discussed today’s readings and we both became very focused on the verse from the first reading:
“Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God, …”
My husband said, “Everything we are able to do, that is good, is because God has blessed us with this ability.” We talked about the blessings God has given us, and the opportunities we have to share the little knowledge we have of God with others. Parenting is our top blessing, being able to teach our children. We are definitely not qualified to do many of the jobs parenting requires, but with God's help through prayer, we do the best we can.
After we have our family discussions on the Scripture readings, I always come away thinking… “Wow, this is great… I have plenty of things to write about for the reflection.” But then when I come and sit down at the computer to write, I am unsure of how to put it all together so that it makes sense and flows. So today I made a conscious effort to pray about what to write.
As the words in the first reading says, “Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.” I have confidence that as we (the children of God) pray in the Spirit of Christ, God surely speaks to each and everyone of us. And look what He allowed for us.
After praying about what to write, I felt led to look at the videos that are on Youtube of Father Michael’s teachings and homilies. I actually was able to find one from the Gospel reading for today. Here is the video of the homily:
Please watch this video, as the teaching is so profound. Father Michael explains "not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place" in such a beautiful way. At the end, he informs us of how the Holy Eucharist should be the foundation.
Praise and glory be to God for His help in our daily lives. Praise God for giving us His Son Jesus Christ. Praise God for allowing us to receive His Son everyday in the Holy Eurcharist.
Praise and glory be to God for our priests who bring Jesus in the Holy Eucharist to the people of God everyday through celebration of the Mass. Let us join together with all the Saints in Heaven and say the Prayer for Priests.
May God bless us all!
Veni Sancte Spiritus!