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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Times

Jun 25, 2020
1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 
Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 

The only truly just One is God. We know that when we are judged at the end of our lives, as St. John of the Cross tells us, it will be done in love. Times of examination can be scary, like going to the doctor, evaluations at school or at work, going to Confession. Part of the reason why is because we are not the one in control when we are being evaluated. It is not easy to put yourself into the hands of another. But if we really think about it, in life, we have little control. We have no control over the other millions of people on the planet, much less the people around us. We may even wonder what control we even have over ourselves.

God is the One who is truly Just and in control. If we are or feel out of control it is because we don't know Him well enough or don't trust Him. So, when get to know Him hopefully better and better as we live our lives throughout the years, that will go away. St Teresa Benedicta who was facing extermination by the Nazis was able to comfort the mothers and children around her even though she knew what was going to happen. The point is that God who sent the Holy Spirit to bring order from the chaos at the beginning of creation will do the same for us when we ask Him to and do things the way He asks. He gives us control over ourselves so that we sin less and become more like Him.

So as Jesus stated in today's Gospel, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. This means that we should fear and resist the devil who deceives and tempts souls into sin. No one can force us to sin. We ourselves are responsible for what we do. We must also remember that we must raise our children in the faith so that they can be properly responsible, too. This is why we need God to help us and defend us. It is so easy to fail without Him. God also brings good out of our failures if we love and trust Him. As St. Peter said, cast your cares on him because he cares for you.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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