31 Aug 2020

This Week Letter – August 30, 2020

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My Brothers and Sisters,

This will be a difficult task…I fear rejection.

I began meditating on the Liturgy of the Word for this Sunday but didn’t manage to get to the Gospel to learn of the rebuke of St Peter by Jesus, and now I’m feeling admonished by St. Paul.

In today’s second reading, St. Paul repeats Jesus’ appeal to start thinking according to God’s logic and not our own.  “Do not conform yourselves to this age,” he writes to               the Romans, “but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”

His words ought to lead you to confrontation with one of the most important issues of spiritual life:  Do you think like others, adjusting your thought patterns and your way   of life to the ways of the world and society?   Or do you try to think like God, to discern his will?

It might be a good idea to perform an examination of conscience every night.

Your Priest,

Fr. Paul