Monk’s Corner

 

Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO

From Deacon Joseph Meilinger

Your local ersatz monk.

 
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Random Thought 1: As stated in the Catechism the laity “are to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will.” What exactly does that mean?

I think the simple English explanation would be: that the laity are to live every day lives functioning within the laws and customs of the country and functioning according to God’s ten commandments, the natural law. Those commandments were extended and interpreted by Jesus and what he taught in the gospels. e.g. It was said, thou shalt not commit adultery, but I say if you lust after a woman you have already committed adultery with her.


The mission seems simple, but how often do we get entrapped in pride, greed, envy of others success, lust, stealing, as we live our business and our family life. Try to dedicate yourself to those daily temptations that come and go at lightning speed, so that you hardly notice until you make an examination of conscience. live your faith and be aware of the traps of the demons.


Random Thought 2: I have to go my son’s little ranch this weekend to have a BBQ with all the family. If you read my homily this week you can get the idea of how that will be for the clan. Lots of people and lots of fun. God bless everyone that reads this blog.

SUNDAY HOMILIES

898  “By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will .... It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ and may be to the glory of the Creator and Redeemer. 1

1 - Lumen Gentium 31 § 2