Let us be Rebels! A reflection.

1 Peter 1:18-19
18 Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled,


A reflection.  Let us not forget that we must help others less fortunate, those that need our prayers, and our help.  Let us turn a blind eye towards materialism, and earthly possessions.  I will tell you that this, for me, and others in America- this is very hard to do.  We live in a world and society, at least within the United States where materialism, possessions, and greed are often glorified.   Do I think that our Lord was telling us to embrace poverty?  No, not necessarily, although I do understand at times why our Brothers and Sisters in Christ choose to do so.  No, I think our Lord was reminding us, that our reward is in Heaven, not here on earth.  You see, I believe that if we continue to embrace the “status-quo” of society, particularly here in America, we are doomed for failure.  Greed, and worldly possessions  quite honestly lead us to sin, and in my case an feeling of fulfillment at first, but then a lifetime of regret and emptiness.  But there is one thing, in my life, that does not do this- and that is the love and grace of Christ.  Let us always put Christ in the center of our lives, knowing that his Love is eternal, that is never-ending.  Let us give more than we receive, let us turn away our selfish habits and replace them with giving, with charity, with love.  Let us never be afraid to stand for the Word of God, for His Church, and for what is morally set forth.  Let us never fear persecution or get caught up in the “flow” of society.  Let us be rebels against all that is “normal” and embraced in our material world, and stand firm for our spiritual beliefs and for our most precious Lord, by utilizing to the utmost extent the Blessed Sacraments that he has given us to use.  Let us constantly ask for forgiveness and help in turning away from sin, and let us never be afraid to confront evil, standing ever-lasting with our Lord.  Let us sacrifice our earthly desires as He sacrificed for us. Let us use the example of St. Michael the Archangel, and ask for his intercession in our daily spiritual battles!   I hpoe that your Holy Week is going well, and God Bless You! ~CJA 

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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