18 July 2019; An Invitation to Return

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Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: EX 3:13-20; Gospel Mt 11:28-30

Praise God. Teilhard de Chardin, the Catholic theologian explains in his theology of the Christians in the world, that the entire creation is evolving and converging towards Jesus Christ. We see people working selflessly for the salvation and the unification of the world. They support the poor and the needy in whatever ways they can do so. They work tirelessly for the kingdom of God. Nevertheless, there are also people who fail in their journey to Christ.

The gospel today is inviting those who are weary and tired working for the salvation of the world and those who are loaded and burdened by the sins of the world. Jesus in His ministry was always merciful with those who realized their sinful deeds and returned to him. He welcomed the prodigal son. He made the one who collected tax for Romans, His apostle. He forgave and saved the adulteress woman from being stoned to death. He even raised the one who denied him thrice as the first Pope the Catholic Church. Jesus is asking just one thing, ‘Come to me.’

‘He has told you O mortal what is good and what does the lord requires of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humble with your God.’ (Mic. 6/8) ‘For just as you were disposed to go astray from God, return with tenfold zeal to seek him.’ (Bar. 4/28) What matters is not what you were in the past, but what you are, or still better, what you want to be. Have a great desire to seek the kingdom of God, and the rest will be added unto you.

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