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Thursday, September 28, 2023



Every day, Christians have the opportunity to serve God. In what way can we serve God. He served in our neighbor with our charity. Let us remember the passage from the Gospel in which Jesus recognizes that the works of mercy done in favor of those who need them are works of mercy done to Himself: “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. (Mt 25: 34-40)

In today's gospel (Mt 21: 28-32) Jesus offers us the example of two brothers, both called by their father to serve him. One of the brothers rushes to say yes to what the father asks, but he does not do it. On the other hand, the other brother, from the first moment refused to serve, but repenting, he does what the father asks of him. I think the strength of this gospel is in two things:

The first, God needs us and asks us for our help to go where He Himself wants to go to make Himself known. The second, that for those of us who have lived with our backs to God's will, if we listen to what God asks of us, meditating on the word of God may awaken our conscience and, repentant, we can change our attitudes and live a little more as God expects us to. Brothers and sisters, we have been called to conversion, to return to the Father, to change our attitudes so that God becomes more and more Him in us.

Let us not neglect our personal conversion, let us work on it following the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen

P. Carlos Flores, OSA

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