08 Aug 2019; Persevere to Remain in the Grace of God

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Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest

Readings;  Num 20, 1-13, Mt 16:13-23

The Gospel of today is beautifully narrating two contrasting reactions of Jesus to Peter. We see Jesus appreciating Peter: “Blessed are you Simon” as He to proclaim Jesus as the son of God but not much later Peter is warned by the Son of God to get away from worldly spirit, “Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me.” Applied in our lives, there are moments when we gain spiritual highness and stumbling moments. That is moments of grace to proclaim and spiritual dryness. To proclaim Jesus as the sovereign God and proclaim Him as the son of God we need moments of grace. Today we have sacrament of Confession to gain the state of grace which often we neglect. The sacrament of Reconciliation brings in a lot of joy followed by lot of struggles to persevere joyfully in the state of grace. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph.6/12). One can fight it out only with prayer.  Therefore, pray without ceasing. Take the shield of Faith with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil one (Eph.6/17). Therefore, let us call out the Spirit of the Lord to help us in this journey towards Jesus Christ our Lord.

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