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Homily - Friday 16th Week in Ordinary Time
Jul 30, 2020
| discipleship, freedom, God's Word, homily, parable, reality, reflection, sower, spiritual life, union with God
|James Tissot / Public domain|
The diminishment of spiritual consolation serves another important purpose, it puts us in touch with our reality. We frequently assume that the reason we experience great satisfaction in acts of piety is our high degree of holiness and love for God. In reality these experiences don’t say much about how holy we are, but about how good and merciful God is. The subsequent experience of spiritual dryness puts us in touch with our poverty and total dependence on God. It helps us realize that when we thought we were loving God through our acts of piety we were really seeking the gratification they gave us. We were using our religious practices to satisfy our spiritual appetites. Thus, we were pursuing the gift and not the Giver.
Therefore, in order for us to become fertile ground in which God’s Word bears abundant fruit it is crucial that we persevere. Only then will God’s Word grow deep roots in our hearts and we can experience the freedom that he grants to those who are determined to be true servants of love as his Son was. As our Gospel acclamation stated: “Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.”
Written by Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD