Thought of the day
Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time

“Return to me with all your heart”

      Let us survey all generations and learn that in generation after generation the Master has offered those who wished to turn to him an opportunity to repent. Noah preached repentance and those who obeyed were saved. Jonah warned the men of Nineveh of destruction, but they repented of their sins and besought God and were forgiven and saved, although they were aliens from God… 

      Wishing to give all his beloved a share in his repentance, he has established it by his omnipotent decree. Let us therefore obey his magnificent and glorious desire and, as suppliants of his mercy and goodness, let us fall before him and return to his compassion, forsaking labor that is in vain and strife and jealousy that lead to death…. 

      So let us be humble-minded, brethren, and put aside all pretentions and conceit and folly and anger… With this command and these orders of our Lord Jesus let us strengthen one another that we may live in obedience to his holy words in humble-mindedness. For the holy word says: “This is the one whom I approve: the lowly and afflicted person who trembles at my word,” (Is 66:2).