Sincerity and Constancy

Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: 2 Cor 1:18-22; PS 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135; Mt 5:13-16

First Reading
The Lord is sincere and constant.

The Lord is faithful in the new Covenant (which is a radical fulfillment of the Old Covenant).
His, the Lord’s, Yes is a Yes to all of us for all time.
All the promises of the Old Testament and the New Testament are the great Yes of God.
In an analogous way our Yes is primarily a yes to the Lord.

Paul, also, is sincere and constant.

But plans do change. Subordinate promises are sometimes delayed or deferred for practical reasons.
Paul’s Yes to the Lord must be the guiding factor of his decisions and actions. It is a conflict to have travel plans disrupted and changed that predicate this writing of Paul. It isn’t a cancel culture event. It is an adjustment fully inline with divine will even if it is a disappointment.

What is given to Paul, Silvanus and Timothy (the three Amigos of Thessalonians), is given to us also, mainly:

But the one who gives us security with you in Christ
and who anointed us is God;
he has also put his seal upon us
and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

This seal needs to be kept with a sincere and constant heart.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, let your face shine on me.

Alleluia Verse
Let your light shine before others
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

Gospel Portion
We are given to be Salt and Light.
Salt and light are necessary things and in a spiritual way necessary things.

Salt may be thought of as our teaching and living out the beatitudes and all sacred Scripture.
Light may be thought of as our living out the Love that is the Lord.

  • Your salt must not be contaminated else it needs refinement.
  • Your light must not be hidden but shine for all to see.

Let your salt and light bear witness to the Lord. Do not let disappointment cloud your faith. The Lord’s Yes is a Yes forever. He has your back.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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