Sunday, 24 October 2010

True conversion of heart

This week I didn't manage to write a proper reflection myself. The Gospel is very interesting, and I was planning a continuation of last weeks reflection. There is much scope in the Gospel to deepen the relation of prayer and the conversion of heart, not saying empty words, but really growing closer too God. What comes to mind is the passage in Amos, chapter 8, where the people are saying:

"When will the new moon be over,
that we may sell grain?
And the sabbath,
that we may offer wheat for sale,
that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great,
and deal deceitfully with false balances,
that we may buy the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
and sell the refuse of the wheat?" (Amos 8:5-6)

The Pharisee in the Gospel is telling how well he keeps the Sabbath and follows all the commandments, but that is not enough, and it should not stop there. It is clear that just observing everything we have to do can actually lead to pride, and therefore the Lord tells us that only one left the temple that day righteous.

We are called to make the transition from Law to Love, to not just observe the degrees laid before us, but to use the degrees in growing in holiness and make them our own. The "laws" can be a tool to make us live our life better. Once we grow in love with God, this love flows over into all our daily actions. Then we truly start to life the most important commandments: to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.


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It was a busy week as there are a few project in the pipeline which take a lot of time to prepare (hence the failure to write a proper reflection, but there is a good one on Dominicans Interactive). One of the project is the Dominicans Interactive website and the planning for the future. If anybody has any comments on the website, please leave me a message here or contact us using the contact form. We are also looking for input on what exactly we should be doing on the internet, not just doing what we think we should do, but looking at what people are looking for! We will start some video series on explaining the Catholic faith, and will probably do some testimonies. Other options are Q&A, a forum etc. But we need to know what to do, so any suggestions are most welcome.

Also have a look at our other video's, we are on iTunes as well with Podcasts

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1 comment:

Joann said...

Thank you, Bro. Luuk,
This seems "a proper reflection" to me. I retain more of short and to the point than lengthy expositions. That's just me, though. When I get to writing myself I confess I meander.

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