Today’s saint, John Vianney, best known as the Cure of Ars, must have found consolation in today’s gospel, where Jesus is rejected by His own in his native Nazareth. Of course, a different set of circumstances, but if our Lord can be rejected, then it’s not hard to understand how people make mistakes in dismissing people as not relevant or not good enough. Today’s saint was incorrectly rejected, but it did not deter him.
The parable of the hidden treasure is one of the shortest and simplest stories that Jesus told to illustrate the value of the kingdom of heaven. In Matthew 13:44, Jesus says: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
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Saint Alphonsus Liguori once wrote, “All holiness and perfection of the soul lies in our love for Jesus Christ our God, who is our redeemer and supreme good.” In other words, love for Jesus is our motivation and means of our moral and spiritual growth.
During just another day with the sheep in the desert, Moses' life was about to change suddenly.
Having grown up in a city, Jesus’ instruction to “be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves” only made partial sense to me. I get the idea of shrewdness in order to watch your back or anyone else’s who is part of your flock. But the "simple as doves" has always seemed to be a contradiction to the vigilance part of the instruction.
British author Douglas Hyde once wrote for the Communist Daily. To smear the Catholic Church, he bought Avro Manhattan's The Catholic Church Against the Nineteenth Century. He read it, but something strange happened. He writes: "Instead of giving ammunition against the Church, I learned something about the Church's social teaching. Avro Manhattan wrote the book to make people anti-Catholics. It helped make me 'pro' Catholic instead."