Audio Readings August 9, 2015 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ephesians 4:30–5:2

1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:2-9
John 6:41-51

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. (Ephesians 4:30)

We all know how easy it is to conjure up fabrications that will deceive someone. We know how easy it can be to try to “get even” with someone who has hurt us. And we know how easy it is to get down on ourselves and think of ourselves as worthless. And yet we also know how to be generous and help someone who is in need. We know how to forgive someone who has hurt us. We know how to be patient, especially in those situations that agitate us.

We seem to know a lot. But what we don’t always know is that we are in the midst of a spiritual battle. On the one hand, that wily and crafty person we call Satan operates behind the scene, urging us to sin. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit is at work, urging us to be loving, kind, caring, and generous.

Now, here is the thing: when you reject the temptations of the devil, he simply gets angry and more determined to cause you to sin. But when you reject the Holy Spirit by ignoring his promptings or falling into sin, he doesn’t become angry. He grieves. Then he devises a new plan to help you turn away from sin and come back home.

This spiritual battle is going on all the time. So what can we do about it? First, we can continually tell ourselves that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, loves us. When we know that someone loves us unconditionally, that knowledge causes us to say, “I never want to hurt you or violate you.” What a wonderful protection against sin!

Second, we can set our hearts on never grieving the Holy Spirit. How? By not allowing any love to overshadow him. How else? By trying our best to love everyone and treat everyone as we want to be treated—with honor, respect, and mercy.

“Lord Jesus, help me never to grieve your Holy Spirit.”~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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