Memorial of St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr

Again, the prophet Joel places before us the sobering contrast between those who become a wasteland through injustice and the Lord’s dwelling on Zion which not only enjoys flowing waters, but even drips with wine and new milk. (Jl 4:18) As I consider how this week has gone, I can ask if it seems more like the desert of Egypt and Edom, or like the rich land of the Lord’s Jerusalem. The result of contemplating the Word of the Lord this week should be the joy of the just in which the Psalm today urges us to partake. The joy that comes from bearing the fruits of repentance, charity, and mercy is the grace we have asked for this week. As we turn towards the future, let us ask the Lord to help us once more be faithful brothers and sisters to Him by hearing the Word of God and observing it.

October 14th, 2017