Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)

sexta-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2020

God made us for Him

     God made us for Him, to live in communion with Him at all times in our lives, especially in eternity. Living with him, in him, and for him means conversion, the state of a new man. The possibility of salvation was given to us by Jesus Christ, by whom all was created and saved objectively. Jesus gives us his Holy Spirit, who configures us to the Son, to the glory of God the Father. It is the Holy Spirit who performs in us the restoration of what we are as the image and likeness of God, who divinizes us and makes us children in the Son. Jesus Christ. We have all been called to deification, to everlasting sonship. This requires total change, detachment from everything, contempt for all that is not loved by God, availability, obedience, and courage to face the cross for the Kingdom of God.

2 Jesus came to save humanity by witnessing to His life the Trinitarian love for all. The continuation of this mission, through the action of the Spirit of God, was under the care of the Church, an instrument of God's action in the world and in history. The Church is not a human invention, it is not the fruit of the interests of the powerful, but it is an exclusive creation of God, who wanted it for itself, to be the place of its sacramental presence in history. The Church is born of the initiative of God, is its legitimate instrument for the salvific realization of peoples, is the place of encounter between him and man.

3. Jesus called Simon Peter and Andrew, two fisher brothers. He himself took the initiative to call them. They, in turn, immediately dropped their nets and followed Him. Two important things here: first the adverb IMMEDIATELY. Time is short, no more waiting, time is now. Moreover, it can mean the disciple's availability, readiness to serve the Lord, being absolutely available to God's will. The second thing is networks, necessary tools for subsistence. Even so, they were abandoned in view of a higher order project, the salvific project. Abandoning the networks means abandoning what interests you in order to live God's dream.

4. Jesus is passing by you now. Maybe you are not by the sea, by a lake, because you may still be at home, or in bed, maybe already at work, driving, walking, talking to someone, in short, wherever you are, Jesus is passing by you now. Immerse yourself in Him, listen to His word, heed His invitation to salvation, abandon yourself to His calling, and fearlessly drop what is a treasure to you and embrace Christ Himself and His mission. The world needs men and women who drop everything because of the Kingdom of God; who become “fishers of men”, allies of Jesus Christ in the fight against evil, fishing souls to heaven. The act of fishing means taking from the waters, symbol of the domain of evil, to put under the control of the Lord. The world indifferent to God is similar to the sea, is the realm of the father of lies, called the "prince of this world." You and I need to let go of everything in order to realize God's salvation.

A strong and affectionate hug.

Fr. José Erinaldo

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