October 3rd 2021

In the Gospel reading, last Sunday (Mk 9:38-43, 47-48)  Jesus told His disciples not to prevent someone who drove out demons in His name.  In the letter to the Philippians, St Paul presents a Christian hymn that praises the kenosis or self-emptying of Jesus and the grace and power that comes from it.  “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth, and every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:10-11)  On Mt Sinai, God manifested Himself to Moses when God passed by him. God said: “The LORD, the LORD, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity, continuing his love for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin; yet not declaring the guilty guiltless, but bringing punishment for their parents’ wickedness on children and children’s children to the third and fourth generation!” (Ex 34:6b-7) The Lord always loves His people even when they do not return His love, and the self-emptying of His Son is proof of that eternal love.  The petition for the gift of eternal love is in the Lord’s prayer, the Our Father.  “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  We say this during the celebration of the Eucharist.  Then we offer one another the Sign of Peace and are then prepared by God to receive Christ.   Peace is offered through the Paschal Mystery.  Christ is our peace. (Eph 2:14)  “But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity.  He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed.” (Is 53:5) Jesus took on all our sins, suffering, and just punishment, though He was innocent.  He offers us forgiveness and eternal life when we cooperate and participate in His one perfect sacrifice for all. (Heb 7:27;9:26)  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! (Ps 118:26)

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