✝️ REFLECTION CAPSULE FOR THE DAY – June 09, 2021: Wednesday
“Making efforts to growing into Convinced and Certain and Confident Christians!”
(Based on 2 Cor 3:4-11 and Mt 5:17-19 – Wednesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time)
A university student was seen with a large “K” printed on his T- shirt.
When someone asked him what the “K” stood for, he said, “Confused.”
“But,” the questioner replied, “you don’t spell “confused” with a “K!”
The student answered, “Well, you don’t know how confused I am!”
The confused state of mind led to be boy to display a totally confused and puzzled look!
How often is this true in our own lives as a Christian…
>> We fail to have certain convictions in our faith… and the resultant life that is displayed outside, is one of confusion or uncertainty.
>> We fail to be sure of what our life of faith is…and as a result, we fail to bring people to experience God’s love and instead, sometimes even lead others astray.
The Gospel of the Day is a peek into the conviction that Jesus had in His life of preaching and mission and a challenge for us to become persons who become fervent and convinced in teaching the commandments of the Kingdom of God.
The Gospel is a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfil” (Mt 5: 17)
One of the distinguishing features in the preaching and teaching ministry of Jesus was His deep conviction and certainty.
Jesus did not speak as if He was blabbering on some unknown topic.
>> Jesus did not mutter words as if He was whiling away time to talk on a strange issue.
Instead, Jesus was thoroughly convinced of what He spoke and taught.
It was this deep-seated conviction that made Him to say that He had “come not to abolish the law or the prophets”.
The message of Jesus contained newness and freshness.
>> However, it was not a preaching that was entirely new
It was a teaching that was born in deep certainty and delivered with utmost conviction.
He was the fullness of the teachings of all the Law.
>> He was the fulfilment of the prophecies of all the Prophets.
This gave it a fresh crispiness.
>> This gave it a refreshing perspective.
Do we also possess a similar conviction and certainty in our Life of Faith, just as Jesus displayed?
The Lord demands such a requirement.
Hence, He would say, that “whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so, will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 5: 19)
Our Christian lives are sometimes marked by an unwanted uncertainty and confusing convictions.
>> We know a little bit about our faith… but not deep enough.
>> We know a little bit concerning our teachings… but not in its depth.
>> We know a little bit about the virtues we are to live… but not fully convinced of it.
As a result of this ‘unsure’ attitude and ‘confused’ mentality, we are unable to
… (1) live a true and honest Christian lives
… (2) witness and teach others our genuine faith
May we not remain confused Christians; rather experience the love and mercy of the Lord…
… and make efforts to growing into Convinced and Certain and Confident Christians!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
– Fr Jijo Jose Manjackal MSFS
📖 Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism:
CHRIST’S SOUL AND HIS HUMAN KNOWLEDGE
>> Apollinarius of Laodicaea asserted that in Christ the divine Word had replaced the soul or spirit. Against this error the Church confessed that the eternal Son also assumed a rational, human soul.
>> This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge.
>> As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited…
… it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time.
>> This is why the Son of God could, when He became man, “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man”…
… and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience.
>> This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking “the form of a slave!” (Cf. CCC # 471-472)
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