September 27, 2020
In Fr. John Mary’s homily, he focuses on the word “EMPTIED” from the gospel reading, from the teachings of St. John of the Cross in “Dark Night of the Soul”, and through the wisdom of St. Paul on having the same attitude as Christ Jesus – Emptied, Humbled and Obedient.
- With the “filling up” from all the demands of everyday life, it might seem like we are being emptied. Some of those demands can come from the devil.
- Sometimes when we work hard at following the Lord, we feel like we become weaker, feel more sinful and miserable and our spiritual life becomes more of a mystery.
- Jesus protects us from spiritual pride and purifies us by letting us experience our weaknesses over and over again to humble us.
- Jesus humbled himself and became obedient unto death on a cross and God greatly exalted Him.
- God wants to reveal the truth of who He has destined you to be.
- God want to glorify you and exalt you so you can become His children and share in His glory forever.
St. Paul said that the Lord Jesus emptied Himself. The closer we get to God it sometimes seems the farther we are in our relationship. In this homily, Father explains that we must be emptied from spiritual pride and be humbled so God can fill us with Himself.
If we live the emptiness with Jesus, it becomes the path of exaltation. He is calling us on this path. It depends on us to have the humility, trust and obedience to let ourselves be emptied so God can greatly exalt us.