Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings: 1Cor. 10:14-22 | Ps. 116:12-13, 17-18 | Lk. 6:43-49

Today the scriptures call us to integrity, that is, to live the life of the Christian without wavering. Paul is calling the Corinthians to recognize that they cannot participate in the worship of pagan gods and also participate in the Worship of God through the celebration of the breaking of the bread and the blessing of the bread and wine to become the body and blood of Christ. Jesus is calling people to be who they say they are. Good people as well as bad people can be recognized by their deeds. Calling upon the Lord does not cut it. Listening to His Word and acting upon and out of that word is what makes the difference. If we live this life consistently each day, then we will not give into the temptations that come our way. We will be tempted. That is part of life. It is in being faithful that we obtain the strength and the courage to resist the temptations to do evil.

Take time to check your daily life. How do you respond to the temptations that come to you through the TV, computer, newspapers, billboards, fellow workers, friends, family, self. What makes the difference between being strong and being weak? Ask Christ for the gift of strength. Ask the Holy Spirit for the Wisdom to be able to recognize temptations when they come.

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