Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him,
“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham
and have never been enslaved to anyone.
How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in a household forever,
but a son always remains.
So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free.
I know that you are descendants of Abraham.
But you are trying to kill me,
because my word has no room among you.
I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence;
then do what you have heard from the Father.”
They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children,
you would be doing the works of Abraham.
But now you are trying to kill me,
a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God;
Abraham did not do this.
You are doing the works of your father!”
So they said to him, “We were not born of fornication.
We have one Father, God.”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,
for I came from God and am here;
I did not come on my own, but he sent me.” JN 8:31-42
Jesus reveals in plain language again that He is the Messiah. This is Good News. We are broken, we inherited a loss of holiness from Adam and Eve, we are sinners who need a Savior. God the Father sent Him to save us. We remind ourselves of this by looking in the mirror and recognizing our brokenness and sin during Advent to prepare for the day a Savior is born. Today, our culture is continually killing Jesus, the Truth.
The Devil wants us to have so much information that we cannot find the Truth. It is very difficult to find the Truth on the Internet, a vast highway of information. There is only one Truth, it is impossible for there to be multiple truths or there is no truth. Everyone just has their own opinion and we are going nowhere with no purpose. God is Truth. He created us to be rightly ordered with mission and purpose. If we are ever struggling in life, we can come to God and His Word to teach us the Truth and make the right decisions.
Are we like the Jews and want to kill Jesus, the Truth? Are we like today’s culture (and every culture since the beginning of time) who want to kill the Truth? Why? The truth divides. “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” MT 12:30
It requires change. If there is no change there is no growth.
I just attended a conference that told a lot of truth. “Nobody wants to be average,” was a catch phrase of the speaker. We discussed that for growth to happen we had to change. When we are not growing or feel like we are accomplishing anything we get stuck or scared. What relationship in your life is stuck because you or the other person won’t change (I emphasize you because we cannot change others)? What fear do you have to overcome causing you to be stuck?
Jesus is Truth and He will not change, He is the rock (In this time of the pandemic, stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, struggle with sin, cancer, being accepted, have an uncertain future, etc. cling to the One who is unchanging). He is love, Truth, and the first good. We all want these, but get stuck or we are scared causing us not to change. If we want to be holy and be with Jesus forever, we have to change. How? Our yes, our fiat (accepting God who is trying to act on us), cooperating with God’s grace.
Today’s challenge: Get out of the way and allow God to transform you. It is hard, it requires that you look in the mirror and hold yourself accountable, and you have to change. Be not afraid, Jesus gave all to be with you each step of the way! He is not dead but fully alive, He has risen!
Be a servant, become a saint!