10th AUGUST 2021


TUESDAY, NINTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Feast of St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

 

2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 112:1-2, 5-9;          Jn 12:24-26


    

CITIZENS OF A HEAVENLY KINGDOM

 

Jesus is teaching his disciples a very important truth of the Christian life in the gospel passage of today. “Do not love this world or your life in this world, because you are citizens of heaven”. When we live with this truth guiding our life, we truly become followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus offers his life up like the wheat that falls into the ground and dies to bear fruit. His death and his resurrection open for us the gates to heaven and give us an example of how to live our own lives.

 

We are invited to follow him by being ready to serve, to forget ourselves, to look at the needs, pains and sufferings of others, and to place them before our own. Paul also mentions this as he encourages the Corinthians in the first reading of today, to do good bountifully and give generously to those in need while keeping a cheerful heart. Let the comfort and satisfaction of others become our joy as we love, serve and give generously to them. But Paul also reminds us that God will multiply his graces towards us because we are generous towards others. The more we give to others, the more God will provide, for us to keep giving. In this way, we become instruments and channels of God providence for the poor, hungry and needy.

 

Today we celebrate the feast of St Lawrence who was a deacon appointed along with six other deacons to serve the church by taking care of the poor. He was tied to an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little, but Lawrence was burning with so much love for God that he almost did not feel the flames. God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked. “Turn me over,” he said to the judge, “I’m done on this side!” We do not live under the threat of martyrdom, and so we have the opportunity to do so much more in the service of the Lord and his people. Let us answer this call to be generous with our lives and truly live as citizens of heaven.

 


Response: Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.


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