REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 31, 2021: Saturday

“Living with purpose and a holy determination – all for the Greater Glory of God!”

(Based on Lev 25:1-17 and Mt 14:1-12 – Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time)

The Mammoth Cave National Park, in central Kentucky, is a U.S. National Park.

It encompasses portions of the Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world.

In these caves, one can see enormous pillars which have been formed by the steady dropping of water from the roof of the cavern.

This masonry – formed of solid rock – made by the slow and silent process of nature, is a true marvel…

A single drop of water, finds its way from the surface down through the roof of the cave, and deposits its sediment
Another follows it and still another…
… each adding its imperceptible contribution, until the icicle of stone begins to grow
… ultimately reaching the pillar which likewise has been forming on the bottom of the cave.

These become a massive pillar – brilliant and classic.

This process is so similar that which occurs in our hearts…

Each thought, that awakens for a moment, sinks into the soul – just as each little drop of water, with its limestone deposit…
… makes its contribution to the pillar in the cave.

Other thoughts follow and yet others…
… raising within our hearts, pillars of purpose, that form our character.

Think nobler, and our character will mould into being noble…

Think wicked, and our character will decay into being evil…

What is the thought-pattern that we nurture in our lives?

The Gospel of the Day makes a dramatic presentation of two opposing characters – one of them holy and the other evil – John the Baptist and Herod the Tetrarch…
… which were formed as a result of the accumulation of contrasting deposits of thoughts and feelings.

The Gospel passage is a “flashback” passage which recounts the visually-disturbing incident of the ‘beheading of John the Baptist’.

The increasing popularity of Jesus caused Herod the Tetrarch, the ruler of the land, to come face-to-face with his guilty conscience.

Truth is always very powerful!
It can, silently, yet very authoritatively…
… challenge faulty lives
… prick guilty consciences
… confront culpable actions

Herod bore the guilt of having killed John the Baptist, who was the voice of the Truth.

He knew that he had done something extremely wicked and merciless
He knew that he had acted in opposition to truth, to honesty and to sincerity.

Therefore, the rising fame of the Lord – whom he misunderstood as John – drove him to despair over that brutal act of the killing of the Baptist.

The constant exposition to wicked thoughts and evil inclinations had caused his life to become a pillar of guilt-filled feelings!

Think wicked, and our character will decay into being evil…!

On the other hand, was the righteous life of John the Baptist.

He was born with a sense of purpose – of being a voice to the Truth.

He maintained this goal by always living in sincerity – fearless and courageous.
To this end, he even valiantly shed his blood!

The constant nurturing of holy purposes and sacred acts had caused his life to become a pillar of a purpose-filled existence!

Think nobler, and our character will mould into being noble…

What is the thought-pattern that we nurture in our lives?
Is my life a Pillar…
… of guilt-filled feelings – formed by deposits of wickedness, evil and sin?

OR

Is my life a Pillar…
… of a purpose-filled existence – formed by deposits of holy determination and sanctified lives?

Today, we specially also seek the intercession, and be inspired by St Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the “Society of Jesus” (Jesuits), on his Feast Day.

His motto: Ad majorem Dei gloriam (“for the greater glory of God”) – is a great challenge and an inspiration for all of us.

May his prayer echo in our hearts:
“O my God, teach me to be generous!

Teach me to serve you as I should…
… to give without counting the cost,
… to fight without fear of being wounded,
… to work without seeking rest,
… to labour without expecting any reward,

But the knowledge that I am doing Your Most Holy Will.”

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
THE AGONY AT GETHSEMANE

The cup of the New Covenant, which Jesus anticipated when He offered Himself at the Last Supper, is afterwards accepted by Him from His Father’s Hands in His agony in the garden at Gethsemane…
… making Himself “obedient unto death”.
Jesus prays: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me…!”
Thus He expresses the horror that death represented for His human nature.
Like ours, His human nature is destined for eternal life; but unlike ours, it is perfectly exempt from sin, the cause of death.
Above all, His human nature has been assumed by the Divine person of the “Author of life”, the “Living One”.

By accepting in His human will that the Father’s Will be done, He accepts His Death as redemptive, for “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.” (Cf. CCC # 612)

One thought on “REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 31, 2021: Saturday

  1. Thank you Father 🙏.

    On Fri, 30 Jul 2021, 8:14 pm Reflection Capsules, wrote:

    > Fr Jijo Manjackal MSFS posted: ” “Living with purpose and a holy > determination – all for the Greater Glory of God!” (Based on Lev 25:1-17 > and Mt 14:1-12 – Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time) The Mammoth > Cave National Park, in central Kentucky, is a U.S. National Park. I” >

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