Fr. Ron Serban - 10/06/2018

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Obstacle or Inconvenience?
In our lives, Christians must distinguish between the serious obstacles that impede our spiritual growth, and those inconveniences or difficulties that arise out of human experience.
In today’s First Reading, disobeying God and his commandments is a serious obstacle that gets in the way of the spiritual growth of the person and the community.
In today’s Second Reading, Saint Paul invites his audience to look beyond this life toward the hope of new life in the Risen Lord. In this new life, we trust that all obstacles can be overcome with the grace of God.
In the Gospel, the scribes accuse Jesus of being possessed by Satan. As he offers a defense with a teaching of his own, his mother and relatives arrive. As we face major obstacles in life, we have our Mother Mary, our family members, and the Church, to rescue and lead us down the path of true happiness in Christ.
It is important that missionary disciples of the community learn to distinguish between major obstacles that prevent spiritual maturity, and the minor inconveniences of their journey.
The Lord gives us his strength to conquer anything that keeps us from growing in his divine life, and helps us to have patience and peace to keep our eyes set daily on the new horizon of hope that helps us to proclaim his word of love.
Let us keep heart and soul open to receive that strength.

Father Ron

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