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Sunday, July 1, 2007

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13th Sunday Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:16, 19-21
Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Psalm 16
Luke 9:51-62

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burnt flesh

"Remember that you have been called to live in freedom — but not a freedom that gives free rein to the flesh." —Galatians 5:13

Most people refuse to admit that they give "free rein to the flesh." However, most people in our contemporary American culture do indulge the flesh, contrary to God's command. The fact that the Spirit is stifled (Gal 5:17) and our souls are embattled (1 Pt 2:11) proves this conclusively.

The Lord is aware that we're not concerned about our compromise with worldly desires. Therefore, He commands us to "make no provision for the desires of the flesh" (Rm 13:14). We are not only to control our flesh but crucify it (Gal 5:24). Jesus calls for uncompromised Christianity. We cannot serve both God and mammon (Mt 6:24). We must burn the bridges behind us as Elisha burned the things of his past when he followed the prophetic call (1 Kgs 19:21).

When we make our move for God, there's no turning back. "Whoever puts his hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God" (Lk 9:62). If we give Sodom and Gomorrah even a backward glance, we risk turning into a pillar of salt, as Lot's wife did (Gn 19:26). Through the cross we have been crucified to the world and it to us (Gal 6:14). We do not play games with the flesh. Instead, by the power of the Spirit we strongly oppose it (Gal 5:17).

Prayer:  Jesus, may I be all Yours, totally sold out to Your kingdom.

Promise:  "As the time approached when He was to be taken from this world, He firmly resolved to proceed toward Jerusalem, and sent messengers on ahead of Him." —Lk 9:51

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Who totally trusted His Father through His death and resurrection.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 22, 2007

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