Finding God's Goodness

Week Thirty-Four. My Portion. Son of God.

Month Eight – Valuing My Body. Temperance with hope leads to self-control. 

With what do I fill my mind and heart? Is the Lord the portion that fills my soul? Do I savor Christ and His teachings, drawn by love to His ways?

When I generously accept God’s Word, especially in the commandments, I am doing God’s will in all things. To live the will of God is the greatest sacrifice and personal denial. 

When asked by Jesus “Who do you say I am? Simon Peter says: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” You are the Mashiach, the “anointed one,” the long-awaited Savior; but more to it, you are the Son of God, not just a human hero. This is the mystical faith that stands at the heart of Christianity and to deny it is to deny Christianity.

Jesus answers: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.” This insight did not come from Simon’s own intelligent speculation. It came from above, through grace, from God. And this is why Peter is a rock. The Church is built not on a worldly foundation of any kind but on a mystical foundation, born of Peter’s faith in the revealing God. The Church is neither democratic nor aristocratic—it is charismatic. And this is where its power comes from. From God, the Son of Man and the Holy Spirit that lives in me being my portion calling me always, with self-control, to love. 

Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.

St. Therese of Lisieux – The Little Flower

Thank you Lord, Son of God, for being my portion and the mystery of faith.

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