die on the cross for love


THE WORD OF GOD

FIRST READING

Example 32, 7-11. 13-14.

“In those days the Lord said to Moses: “Go, come down from the mountain, for your people, those whom you brought out of Egypt, have gone astray. metal, they bowed down before him and sacrificed to him and said to him, “This is your God, O Israel; He is the one who brought you out of Egypt.’

The Lord also said to Moses, “I see that this is a stubborn people. Let My anger burn against them until they are gone. Instead, I will make you a great nation.”

Moses tried to propitiate the Lord his God by saying, “Why should Your anger, O Lord, burn against this people whom You brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Your servants, to whom You swore by Yourself, saying: I will multiply their offspring like the stars of heaven, and I will give them all the land that I promised them for an everlasting possession.

Y The Lord relinquished the punishment with which He had threatened His people.”

SECOND LECTURE

1 Tim 1, 12-17.

«Dear brother, I thank him who strengthened me, our Lord Jesus Christ, that he considered me worthy of trust, placing himself in his service, me, who was formerly a blasphemer and persecuted the Church with violence; but God have mercy on me, because in my unbelief I acted ignorantly, and the grace of our Lord overflows upon me, giving me the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

You can trust what I am about to tell you and accept it without reservation: that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. But Christ Jesus forgave me, that I might be the first in whom He showed all His bounty, and serve as an example to those who would believe in Him to receive eternal life.

To the eternal king, immortal, invisible, only God, honor and glory forever and ever. Amen”.

GOSPEL

Lk 15, 1-32.

“At that time tax collectors and sinners came to Jesus to listen to Him; whereupon the Pharisees and scribes murmured among themselves, “This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Which of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one, does not leave the ninety-nine in the field and go looking for the lost one until he finds it?” And when he finds it, he carries it on his shoulders, full of joy, and when he comes home, he gathers his friends and neighbors together and says to them: “Rejoice with me, for I have now found the sheep that I had lost.” I assure you that there will also be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

And what woman is there who, if she has ten pieces of silver and loses one, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she gathers her friends and neighbors together and says to them: “Rejoice with me, for I have now found the coin that I had lost.” I tell you the truth, the angels of God rejoice in the same way over one sinner who repents.”

He also told them this parable: “A certain man had two sons, and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.'” And he divided the property between them.

Not many days after, the youngest son, gathering all his belongings, went to a far country, and there squandered his wealth, living licentiously. After he had wasted everything, there was a great famine in that region, and he began to feel want. So he went to ask for work from a resident of that country, who sent him to his fields to look after pigs. He wanted to eat the acorns the pigs ate, but they wouldn’t let him eat them.

Then he began to reflect and said to himself: “How many workers in my father’s house have surplus bread, and here I am dying of hunger!” I will arise and return to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I don’t deserve to be your son anymore. Accept me as one of your workers.

He immediately went to his father’s house. He was still far away when his father saw him and was deeply moved.

She ran to him and threw her arms around his neck, showering him with kisses. The boy said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I don’t deserve to be your son anymore.

But the father said to his servants, “Quickly bring the richest garment and clothe him with it; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet; bring the fatted calf and slaughter it. Let us eat and make a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has come to life, he was lost and we have found him. And the banquet began.

The eldest son was in the field, and when he returned, when he approached the house, he heard the music and the songs. Then he called one of the servants and asked him what was the matter. He replied, “Your brother has returned, and your father has ordered the fatted calf to be killed because he had brought it back alive and well.” The eldest brother was upset and would not go in.

Then the father came out and asked him to come in; but he answered, “I have served you so long without once disobeying your command, and you have never given me even one kid to eat with my friends!” But yes, that son of yours is coming, who squandered your property on bad women, and you order the fatted calf to be killed.” The father answered: “Son, you are always with me and all that is mine is yours. But we should have celebrated and rejoiced because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life, he was lost and we have found him”».

What good is having thousands of followers if no one is capable of loving as much as he does?

This XXIV Sunday in Ordinary Time, the liturgy offers us to reflect on three parables in which Jesus reveals to us the infinite love and mercy that God has for us. God does not seek to fix but to fully restore those who love him, so he seeks them until he finds them, even when they are hurt or too dirty. Love does not justify itself, it only gives itself, and this is how our life should be as Christians, living to be servants of God and our neighbor.

God’s joy when one of his children returns to him is due to the fact that our Father’s heart feels great joy, because all his joy is in loving us. God is a father full of goodness, who does not separate us from Him, even when we have sinned, and knowing him is the most beautiful experience that a person can have in his life, which makes us able to live love to the fullest.

Recognizing that we are children of God and that His love is our strength in the face of the calamities of this world enables us to fully live out our calling to holiness.

God calls us continually to choose holiness, to renounce sin, the inclinations opposed to holiness. God has created us and predestined us to be saints, and in justice we cannot aspire to a lesser grace than this. God calls us to holiness, and this work of holiness in us is not done by you, it is God who sanctifies us through His love. It requires only obedience and complete surrender, and only through love can we reach the perfect state of holiness. Holiness is pure and perfect love, it is God in us who loves us perfectly without limitation or fear, it is heaven in our hearts, it is the goodness of God made person in our person.

Only through love do we make it possible for this corrupt world to be purified and transformed. To love is the virtue of God’s children and this is heaven here on earth.

Love has been banished from our lives to make way for hate and sin. No longer are joyful songs that praise the goodness of God and the dignity of man. Everything has become garbage, man feeds on the garbage of the world and the darkness of sin. Without love it is impossible to please God. Without love it is impossible to know God. Without love one cannot live holy in this life. Without love salvation is impossible, because out of love Christ came to this world, lived doing good, climbed the cross and out of love gave his life for each one of us!

The world, not only the church, needs souls who are willing to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ: to love, to the point of dying for love! Because that is what Christ did, he died for love and for love on the cross!

Letting God work in our lives through love is the most beautiful act we can offer for the salvation of our souls.

Let us not be afraid to give our lives to love, because nothing can separate us from it, nothing can stop the love God has for us, it is enough to stop and allow ourselves to hear his voice calling us to love until we die of love.

450 years since the arrival of the Jesuits in Mexico

Sent by Francisco de Borja, the third Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits arrived in Mexican lands on September 9, 1572. It was a group of 15 monasteries under the orders of Father Pedro Sánchez, the first Provincial Superior of the Mexican Province of the Company. Already established in the capital of the viceroyalty of New Spain, Sánchez encouraged the founding of a college-seminary in 1573. By the end of the 16th century, Jesuits were already established in Mexico City, Patzcuaro, Oaxaca, Puebla, Valladolid (now Morelia), Zacatecas, and Guadalajara, cities where they founded schools and began pastoral ministry. They have also established missions in the areas of Sinaloa, Durango, Coahuila, Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Jesuits expanded their missionary presence in Chihuahua (Sierra Tarahumara), Sonora, Baja California, and Nayarit. As for the Ministry of Education, in the second half of the 18th century they already taught courses in 26 cities of the viceroyalty, in small, medium or larger schools, and also had several seminary colleges (boarding houses) located in proximity to schools such as San Ildefonso in Mexico City.

However, in 1767 the Spanish monarch Carlos III decreed the expulsion of the nearly five thousand Jesuits who were in all the territories under his authority, a measure that was carried out in Spanish America and the Philippines in the following months. Six years later, in 1773, the order was abolished by the Pope.

It took more than four decades after Pope Pius VII restored the Society of Jesus to the Universal Church in August 1814 for the Jesuits to be established in Mexico in May 1816. However, after the Revolutionary Wars and during the turbulent Mexican 19 century, the members of the order went through periods of illegality, dispersion and persecution (expulsion of some of them from the national territory).

It was only at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century that the Society of Jesus began to consolidate its presence in the country. Today, 450 years after the first group of 15 religious arrived in the port of San Juan de Ulua, the Jesuits in Mexico carry out their mission in Tijuana, Chihuahua, Sierra Tarahumara, Torreon, Paras, Monterrey, Tampico, Guadalajara, Puente Grande (Jalisco) ( Chiapas).

Arturo Reynoso, SJ – ITESO

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