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Reflection for September 2009
Word: Jesus’ saving grace is upon those who are open to the Father’s will.
Order: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: be strong, fear not! Here is your God” (Is 35:4)


In John 6:40, Jesus said, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.”   Jesus obeyed the Father’s will even unto death. As his disciples, we should have that ardent desire to fulfill the will of God in our lives.  Our actions and attitudes must conform to that of Jesus.  Fulfilling God’s will even if it hurts or is difficult will give us peace and joy.  But we need to be humble as Jesus is humble.  We should always be aware of our position as the clay and God as the potter; that all good things we do and what we are, are due to the goodness of God.  We should lead simple, ordinary lives by trying to empty ourselves of pride, avoiding the desires of the flesh and worldly allurements; to do good to every one with patience and compassion and to carry our duties sincerely and honestly.  God’s will should be manifested in our lives as we listen daily to our Lord in prayer;  as we meditate of His Word, as we receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist frequently; as we listen to others and the events in our life; and as we obey our leaders.  Jesus then will give us His saving grace in this earthly life and prepare us for the eternal life that He promised to those who do the will of the Father.  Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Mt 7:21)


In the readings for the 1st Sunday of September, St. James admonishes us not to give preferential treatment to the affluent while looking at the poor with a condescending attitude.  In the Gospel, Jesus showed compassion. He ministered and healed a deaf man who had a speech impediment.  How different modern man would treat such a person – ignore the deaf or even laugh at those who cannot speak eloquently like the learned from the schools of the elite.   If we want to follow the will of the Father, we should minister sincerely and with no bias to anyone that God brings to us regardless of his stature or position in life.   The theme for the week is:  We are open to the Father’s will when we minister with no partiality in doing His work.  And the promise is:  “God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him.” (Jas 2:5)                          


For the 2nd Sunday of September, the theme is:  We are open to the Father’s will when we deny ourselves and take up our cross.  Jesus wants us to remain in Him and be detached from whatever hinders us in seeing and believing in Him. When we obey to carry our cross daily, we realize how sinful we are.  We must remember that Jesus saved us.  We should be earnest then in following Jesus.  When we behold the cross daily we are reminded that we are mere pilgrims here on earth.  We look forward to our own resurrection to our heavenly home.  The promise is: “…whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” (Mk 8:35b)


For the 3rd Sunday of September, the theme is: We are open to the Father’s will when we defer to one another in humble service.  In the Gospel, the disciples of Jesus were arguing who was the most important among them.  Jesus told them that whoever wants to be a leader will be the servant of all.  Like the disciples, we need to be reminded that the fundamental attitude of the follower of Jesus is being humble; for humility is forgetfulness of self.  In our spiritual life, we cannot live only within our self and for our self.  We should always consider God first, then others, and then our own self. As we serve others in humble service, Jesus will provide for us as the promise says:  “God is my helper; the Lord sustains my life.” (Ps 54:6)   


For the 4th Sunday of September, the theme is:  We are open to the Father’s will when we break the strongholds that separate us from Him and from one another.   In the Gospel, the disciples told Jesus to stop a man who was expelling demons using the name of Jesus because that man did not belong to them.  As we have experienced the love of God, we must have that “humble regard to others” born out of our desire to share the gifts that we have freely received.  We should break those strongholds that separate us from others – our mindsets that easily judge and condemn others with our eyes; those desires to walk back to our former carnal desires; that proud belief that our community is the best community while looking down on other communities.  As we share the gifts we have received to others and continue to speak and live in the Name of Jesus Christ, we will have the promise: “Because you belong to Christ… you will surely not lose His reward.” (Mk 9:41)