In this lesson, we focus on the parable of the wicked servant and themes approach for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost.
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Today is the Holy Day, the Lord's Day, on which the People of God assemble to hear Holy Mass, offered in all parts of the world. Attendance at Holy Mass on Sundays is required of all Catholics. In the Traditional Latin Mass, the Gospel for today is taken from Matthew 18:23-35, describing the parable of the wicked servant. In the readings and the reflections on them, the theme is present of God's infinite loving towards mankind in the Sacrifice of His Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. And if the Lord has done such a wonderful work of inexpressible love for us, how can we not freely forgive all those who injure us?
"Catechism on Salvation" by St. John Vianney
There are many Christians who do not even know why they are in the world. "Oh my God, why hast Thou sent me into the world?" "To save your soul. " "And why dost Thou wish me to be saved?" "Because I love you. " The good God has created us and sent us into the world because He loves us; He wishes to save us because He loves us…. To be saved, we must know, love and serve God. Oh, what a beautiful life! How good, how great a thing it is to know, to love and serve God! We have nothing else to do in this world. All that we do besides is lost time. We must act only for God, and put our works into His hands…. We should say, on awaking, "I desire to do everything today for Thee, O my God! I will submit to all that Thou shalt send me, as coming from Thee. I offer myself as a sacrifice to Thee But, O God, I can do nothing without Thee. Do Thou help me!"
Oh, how bitterly shall we regret at the hour of death the time we have given to pleasures, to useless conversations, to repose, instead of having employed it in mortification, in prayer, in good works, in thinking of our poor misery, in weeping over our poor sins; then we shall see that we have done nothing for Heaven. Oh, my children, how sad it is! Three-quarters of those who are Christians labor for nothing but to satisfy this body, which will soon be buried and corrupted, while they do not give a thought to their poor soul, which must be happy or miserable for all eternity. They have neither sense nor reason: it makes one tremble.
Look at that man, who is so active and restless, who makes a noise in the world, who wants to govern everybody, who thinks himself of consequence, who seems as if he would like to say to the sun, "Go away, and let me enlighten the world instead of you." Some day this proud man will be reduced at the utmost to a little handful of d... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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