PILLARS OF LIVING CHRIST

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST

(Part 150)

PILLARS OF LIVING CHRIST

February 15, 2016

Today’s readings:

Leviticus 19:1-18

Psalm 19:8-15

Matthew 25:31-46

Today’s readings reiterate our call, as we have moved deeper into the heart of our Church, through the work of LCSC and its pillars.

First, we are all called to Live Pure. “Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.” (Lv 19:2b). We are all called to purity, chastity, righteousness, holiness and perfection. We are to reflect the very image and likeness of God. This is especially critical for the youth, as they are pushed in their early years to engage in sexual licentiousness.

Second, we are all called to Live the Word. We are to read, meditate on, study and apply to our lives what is taught in the Bible. Ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ. Knowledge of the Bible is the way to grow in holiness, as “the law of the Lord is perfect” (Ps 19:8a), “the decree of the Lord is trustworthy” (Ps 19:8c), “the precepts of the Lord are right” (Ps 19:9a), “the statutes of the Lord are true, all of them just” (Ps 19:10c). The commands and directions God gives us through the Bible are indispensable to the Christian life, “refreshing the soul” (Ps 19:8b), “giving wisdom to the simple” (Ps 19:8c), “rejoicing the heart” (Ps 19:9b), “enlightening the eye” (Ps 19:9d). The words of God in the Bible teach us the way we are to go. “By them your servant is warned; obeying them brings much reward.” (Ps 19:12).

Third, we are all called to work for and with the poor. This we do by means of Live Full, through the No One in Need (NONe) movement. NONe does the corporal works of mercy–feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the ill, visiting those in prison (Mt 25:35-36) and burying the dead. Now this is crucial work, not only for the poor, but for us! This is how we are blessed by the Father and inherit the kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world (Mt 25:34). This is how we honor and serve Jesus, as we do for him whatever we do for the least brothers of his (Mt 25:40). And this is how we will make it to heaven and avoid hell (Mt 25:46).

Life in Christ is the fullness of the call and not just aspects of it. For example, there are many Catholics who are good people and religious in their observances, but might not be mindful of the poor nor help them out in any way. On the other hand, there are the social-justice Catholics, who are strong in social action but embrace the culture of death, by acceptance of contraception, divorce, abortion, euthanasia and same-sex relationships. In fact, the fight of this third millennium is the culture of death versus the culture of life. We are all also called to Live Life.

And so God has shown us the way, the full and complete way. “The command of the Lord is clear” (Ps 19:9c). In purity of heart, let us be in awe of He who says, “I, the Lord, am your God.” (Lv 19:3b), and be led along the right path. “The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.” (Ps 19:10a). Thus will we be confident when the end comes, that we would be counted among God’s flock. “when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Mt 25:31-32).

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