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<< Thursday, August 23, 2018 >> St. Rose of Lima
 
Ezekiel 36:23-28
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Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 Matthew 22:1-14
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THE PROPHECY WHICH IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

 
"I will sprinkle clean water upon you." —Ezekiel 36:25
 

The Lord promised through the prophet Ezekiel: "I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you" (Ez 36:25). The Lord promised us a total purification far beyond any purification ever attempted. This purification will be part of a change of our nature. We can be born again, begotten from above (see Jn 3:3, 5). The Lord promised: "I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts" (Ez 36:26). Our new nature will not only be new, but we will even be made sharers in the divine nature (2 Pt 1:4). The Lord then suggested that He would live within us. He promised: "I will put My Spirit within you and make you live by My statutes" (Ez 36:27). Through our Baptism, we will live in the Holy Trinity and the Trinity will live in us (see Jn 17:23).

The purpose of life is to receive the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy in today's first eucharistic reading. The purpose of life is to receive a new nature, to be born again by Baptism into Jesus, and to live that Baptism in total commitment to Jesus.

Let us thank the Lord always for the new birth in Baptism and the life of faith and faithfulness to the Lord. Let us love people enough to tell as many as possible about the purpose of life. "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, He Who in His great mercy gave us new birth" (1 Pt 1:3).

 
Prayer: Father, send me the Holy Spirit to teach me the radical newness of my baptized life in Jesus (see Lay Members of Christ's Faithful People, Pope St. John Paul II, 10).
Promise: "The invited are many, the elect are few." —Mt 22:14
Praise: St. Rose took a vow of virginity and practiced forms of penance in an attempt to make reparation for widespread sin and corruption.
 
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