Lord Jesus Christ, we come to you today deeply saddened with the many scandals and divisions rocking YOUR Church. The new series of sexual abuses brought out in the open recently are not only scandalous but very sickening. And what makes this so viciously evil is the claim by some from within that they are doing this for the good of the Church by attacking your Vicar, the Holy Father Pope Francis.
May we imitate St. Paul in his manner of dealing with the “problematic” Corinthians as we start reading and hearing today his first letter to them.
How wonderful it is to be filled with the Holy Spirit like St. Paul in greeting the Corinthians first with “grace and peace from the Father” (1Cor.1:3) despite the divisions and infighting that beset them at that time. Give us that same grace of St. Paul in seeing first the Father’s wonderful work of calling us all to “sanctification and election as a holy people (1Cor.1:2).”
May we keep in mind like the “the faithful and prudent servant” (Mt. 24:45) in your parable today that we are mere stewards of the Church, keepers of your precious gift of communion which enables us all to feel and experience being welcomed and loved by God. Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria,Bulacan 3022. (Photo by the author, 5:18AM of 01 August 2018 at the Parish.)