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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Paulís Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 13, Verses 8-10.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. For he that loveth his neighbour, hath fulfilled the law.
Thou shalt not commit adultery:and if there be any other commandment, it is comprised in this word,
Thou shalt not kill:
Thou shalt not steal,
Thou shalt not bear false witness:
Thou shalt not covet:
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.The love of our neighbour worketh no evil. Love therefore is the fulfilling of the law.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 8, Verses 23-27.
At that time, Jesus:
entered into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
And behold a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves, but He was asleep.
And they came to Him, and awaked Him, saying:
Lord, save us, we perish.And Jesus saith to them:
Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith?Then rising up He commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm.
But the men wondered, saying:
What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey Him?Thus far are the words of todayís Holy Gospel.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Up to this time, the Apostles had frequently been witnesses to the wonderful miracles of Christ.
So, when the storm raged on the sea, they should have held their peace and consoled themselves with the thought: Christ is with us; no harm can befall us.
But, instead of putting their faith, trust, and confidence in Christ, and holding their peace, they experienced the greatest fear, and, in their excitement, cried out:
Lord, save us, we perish (Matthew 8:25). Christ rebuked them for their lack of faith: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 8:26.)Almost 2,000 years later it is easy for us to judge the fearful Apostles.
But let us consider our own conduct. Is it really any better?
Maybe it is even worse because maybe sometimes our faith does not need a severe trial, or a great affliction, to make us lose our courage and to imagine that all is lost? But, if so, why do we act this way?
Because we lack Faith, Trust, and Confidence in God.
Faith, Trust, and Confidence in God must be firm. As Catholics, we must have the strong conviction that God will protect us and that God wills everything for our good.
Such Faith, Trust, and Confidence in God is based upon Godís power, goodness, and wisdom. Keep in mind that God IS almighty. This means there is no necessity in which he can not help us.
God is infinitely good, therefore God is ready to help us in our every need. God is infinitely wise, therefore God will order and will those things which are best for us.
Examples of this confidence are found in the Scriptures.
For example, it was Jonathan who said: it is easy for the Lord to save either by many, or by few. (1 Kings 14:6.)
And David said:
The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. (1 Kings 17:37.)So, one way to defeat faults against Faith, Trust, and Confidence in God is by taking action - to do what is required on our part if we want to get anything from God, remembering that God helps those who help themselves.
And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself: If I shall touch only His garment, I shall be healed. (Matthew 9:20-21.)
Consider how those who wish to reap a good harvest must properly prepare their fields by first tilling the soil and then sowing good seed on good ground just as those who wish to recover from an illness must make use of the appropriate means for the recovery of their health.
We must also help ourselves concerning the salvation of our Souls.
If we wish to get to Heaven, we must conscientiously keep all of the Commandments, remembering that whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all. (James 2:10.)
So, if we wish to have our sins forgiven, we must be truly sorry for them and confess them in the Sacrament of Penance.
If we wish to remain in the State of Grace, we must do as Christ told His Apostles:
Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak. (Matthew 26:41.)
ďIt can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.Ē (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For your resolutions, by the Grace of God, beginning right now, firmly resolve to pray to be filled to overflowing with Faith, Trust, and Confidence in God.
One of Our personal favorites is to frequently say: Jesus, I Trust in Thee! This takes only about 3 seconds to say it!
In this way can our Faith, Trust, and Confidence in God become deeper and more solid as God begins to banish all disquietude and extreme cares from the heart as He infuses into it courage and consolation in trials and persecutions while He strengthens us against temptations and encourages us to practice Virtue and good works.
Let us always remind ourselves that we really are under Godís Fatherly protection. Let us resolve this very second to do what our Holy, Unchangeable, Traditional Catholic Religion requires each of us to do in order to become worthy of Godís protection and assistance as we try, by the Grace of God, to live a truly pious life of Virtue. To help you to do this, be sure to do your Spiritual Reading, at least a few minutes each day, rather than 15 to 30 minutes once a week. The Imitation of Christ has always been a favorite for various reasons, one of which it takes but a relatively short time to read but one short chapter.
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Then shall our Faith, Trust, and Confidence in God be founded on a solid basis and then shall we truly hope for every Blessing and favor from God.
Or, as God the Holy Ghost tells us through the pen of the Beloved Apostle:
Dearly beloved, if our hearts do not reprehend us, we have confidence towards God: And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of Him: because we keep His commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in His sight. (1 John 3:21-22.)