23rd JANUARY 2023

DAILY GOSPEL COMMENTARY: THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE KINGDOM OF SATAN (Lk  11:15–26). - Catholics Striving For Holiness

MONDAY, THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

 

Heb 9: 15, 24-28;                   Ps 98: 1-6;                  Mk 3: 22-30


 

CALLED TO AN ETERNAL INHERITANCE

In salvation history, God established His covenant with the people of Israel. He brought them to Mount Sinai and made a Covenant with them saying, “If you will obey My voice & keep My commandments, you shall be My possession among all peoples.” The people however were unable to fulfil these commandments and became constantly unfaithful because of the hardness of their hearts. The prophets Jeremiah & Ezekiel announced the new covenant that God would take out of them, the heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh, and put His Spirit within them enabling them to love. In the new covenant, God forgives gratuitously the sins of his people.

Forgiveness opens the way to a new relationship of loving union with God which is personal & intimate for everyone. The law will now be an internal inspiration written in the hearts of men through the Holy Spirit. All of us are called to an eternal inheritance and are in the process of receiving what has been promised. Eternal inheritance is being aware of the presence of the Triune God within oneself, possessing Him and living the life of God within us. Saint Teresa of Avila in ‘Interior Castle says, ‘The soul understands as a most profound truth that all the Three Persons are one substance, one power, one knowledge & one God alone’. Commenting on ‘Living Flame of love’, Saint John of the Cross says, ‘The soul tastes here all the things of God, since God communicate to it fortitude, wisdom, love, beauty, grace and goodness. Because God is all these things, a person enjoys them in only one touch of God & the soul rejoices within its faculties & within its substance.” Jesus came to liberate us from sin and death and with the coming of the Holy Spirit the new covenant is fulfilled. Let us invoke the Holy Spirit to help us to be open to receive eternal inheritance promised to us.


Response: O Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders.


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