An Ecumenical Ministry in the Parish of St Patrick's Catholic Church In San Diego USA


Wednesday, June 21, 2023



In today's first reading, the prophet Jeremiah describes some of the difficulties he must face because of the denunciations against the people that he must make on behalf of God. Jeremiah is not loved by the people because he reminds the people of their unfaithfulness to God. The people did not like to hear the truth that comes from God. If we think for a moment, it seems that some things have not

changed much yet. What God has to tell us to correct us as a people sometimes does not please us, but it is what we need to hear so as not to live in error, and that our lives get lost in lies.

Announcing the Gospel of Jesus Christ also presents its own challenges. Although Christ proposes great human and spiritual values, it is not always welcome, because doing God's will in our lives also requires renunciations that human egoism does not want to make.

For those who are willing to live their lives according to the Gospel of Christ, Jesus himself has warned us of the persecutions that will be suffered because of him. But He
encourages us not to be afraid. Not to be intimidated or deceived by the power of lies that, disguising itself as truth and virtue, corrupts our humanity.

Knowing that we have been called, chosen, and sent to live and make God's love and salvation known must be a privilege that we consciously accept and choose to live because in Jesus Christ we find the fullness of our lives. If we understand it that way and live it, then we will be able to bear witness to the Lord Jesus before the world, because we should not be ashamed of our faith. Let us remember what Jesus said in today's Gospel:
“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father." May the Spirit of God who is in us make us valiant witnesses of our faith in Jesus Christ, and we proclaim the truth of his


Fr. Carlos Flores, OSA

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