TUESDAY, THIRTY SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Wis 2: 23 – 3: 9; Ps 34: 2-3, 16-19; Lk 17: 7-10
GOD WANTS ME TO BE A SAINT
Sanctity is the destiny set for humanity. Holiness is the status God expects from humans. The reading from book of Wisdom tells us that, “God created mankind for incorruption and made him in the image of his own character” (Wis 2:23).
Incorruption is God’s plan for each one of us. God created human beings in his own image and likeness (Gen 1:27). He placed them in his own abode. But they became unworthy of it through their own sins. The Creator God wants us to keep our original purity till the end and become worthy of being called saints at the end. He has already prepared a kingdom for the righteous from the very beginning. He is earnestly waiting to tell us “Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Mt 25:34). St Paul writes: “This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honour… For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness (1 Thes 4:3-4, 7). God chose you as the first fruits to be saved through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth (2 Thes 2:13). Jesus said: “I have come so that you may have life, life in abundance” (Jn 10:10). Those who enjoy this abundance of life in eternity are honoured as saints.
Satan has a plan for our corruption: “Through devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his party experience it” (Wis 2:24). Yes, the devil has proved from the beginning that he has a plan for our corruption. “The thief comes only to steal and destroy” (Jn 10:10). The devil is like a thief who will not rest until he is successful in stealing from us what is divine and virtuous in us. “Be alert and sober minded. Your enemy the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Pet 5:8). God has a project and Satan has a project. Am I working for God’s project?
Response: I will bless the Lord at all times.
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