Scripture: 2Cor11,1-11; Resp. Psalm: Ps111,1-4,7-8; Gosp. Accl.: Rom8,15; Gospel: Mt6,7-15
The greatest thing that can ever happen to any human being is to be called to serve the living and true God. The most precious gift anyone can be given is the gift of faith in Christ Jesus, the only Son of God. That is the greatest liberation that anyone can have. To be one of those on the path of salvation is the zenith of any human desire, because after all, no matter how long we live here on earth, we shall return home one day.
When one has received this priceless gift and has been put on the path of life, such a lucky believer must guard the gift he has been given jealously. Such a believer must not toy with it by prostituting after useless gods of this world or engage in useless and non profitting hopping from one teacher to another. St. Paul evangelized the Corinthian Church with great zeal and pain.
He bethrothed thee Corinthians to Christ as a pure bride to her one husband. But the Corinthians began to vacillate. They began to listen to deceivers who presented themselves as preachers. The Corinthians were allowing themselves to be deceived by these wolves in sheep's clothing. They were beginning to accept a different gospel from the one Paul preached with great pain and personal sacrifice.
While it was true that Paul preached the gospel to these Corinthians at no cost to them, they were still hankering after these man made gospels, messages and fables designed to deceive and lead unwary souls astray. As it was in the days of St. Paul, so it is in our days, and probably even greater so today!
Our Lord taught His disciples the true gospel of life. Our Lord did not just end it on this. He also taught them a sect prayer, a prayer of identification of who His disciple was. The Our Father was thus a model prayer but also importantly, a prayer of identification. Just as it was His will that His disciples should demonstrate stability in the way they prayed, so it was His will that those who believe in Him should exercise responsible stability within the body of the Church that He established.
He taught His disciples not to pray by heaping up empty phrases like the gentiles. He told us to call on God as our own father when they pray. He asked us to recognize His infinite and indescribable holiness, to acknowledge the coming of His kingdom and prepare ourselves for it; to place ourselves under His sovereign will; to ask to our daily provisions; to beg Him daily for forgiveness of our sins, after we would have forgiven those who sin against us; to ask Him for protection against the tempter; to ask to be delivered from every evil, seen and unseen.
Our Lord taught us that the life of any believer must therefore be characterized by stability. He taught us that the hallmark of the true believer is constancy. He warned us against being led astray by the throng of deceivers who today cloak themselves with the garb of evangelizers and preachers of the gospel. He warned us to beware of them because the responsibility for the salvation or ruination of our souls rests squarely on our shoulders. O that today we listen to His voice, let us not harden our hearts.
Let us pray: Lord our God, you called us into fellowship with your Son. You made us His disciples and followers. Grant us the grace of stability and perseverance. Give us the Spirit of discernment to recognize the falsehoods that are being peddled today as truths by fake preachers of your word. Never permit us to be led astray by them. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.