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<< Saturday, July 14, 2018 >> St. Kateri Tekakwitha
 
Isaiah 6:1-8
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Psalm 93:1-2, 5 Matthew 10:24-33
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ENOUGH

 
"It is enough for the disciple to be like his Teacher." —Matthew 10:25, RSV-CE
 

In the original temptation, Adam and Eve were tempted to become like gods (Gn 3:5), knowing what was good and what was evil. They sinfully succumbed to that temptation, and soon it was not enough for them to have this knowledge. In a sense, Adam and Eve became their own "God." They decided to be greater than their master (cp Mt 10:25).

Jesus teaches: "It is enough for the disciple to be like his Teacher" (see Mt 10:25). Disciples imitate Jesus in His character and in His ministry. They strive to be holy as the Lord is holy (1 Pt 1:15-16). Disciples beg the Lord to send them out in His ministry and mission (Is 6:8), and then they proceed to humbly and obediently do only what the Lord assigned them (1 Cor 7:17).

St. John the Baptizer, as he was succeeding greatly in His ministry, resisted the temptation to become more than his Master and said, "He must increase, while I must decrease" (Jn 3:30). The prophet Isaiah was given a vision of the holiness of God to help him resist this temptation (Is 6:1ff). This vision helped him to grow in fear of the Lord and an awareness of his own sinfulness. Then he began a prophetic ministry which still endures 2,500 years later. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord (see 1 Pt 5:6). Imitate the Master as His disciple. Heaven and earth will be changed. That is enough.

 
Prayer: Father, give Your people an overwhelming outpouring of the spiritual gift of fear of the Lord.
Promise: "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?' 'Here I am,' I said; 'send me!' " —Is 6:8
Praise: St. Kateri chose to join the Church and reject the warring behavior of her parents' tribes.
 
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