Sunday, July 27, 2014

Superabundo gaudio

Saint John Chrysostom, in this morning’s Office of Readings writes words which are a reflection on Saint Paul, but what wonderful words they are and most applicable to our dispositions as we go to Sunday Mass.  The Reading is titled: “Superabundo gaudio in omni tribulatione” – “In all troubles, I am filled with joy.” 

As Saint Pio of Pietrelcina taught us: “The world would be better off without the sun than without the Holy Mass.”  When you look at yourself in a mirror, what is reflected is a battlefield, the ongoing strife of flesh versus spirit.  Saint Paul, through his life of prayer, his relationship with Jesus Christ, was able to come to a truce in this battle - not really a truce, but a victory.  The Power that was within him is within us. 

Saint John Chrysostom continues in this Reading: “There is nothing which so draws a man to return love, as when he understands that He Who loves him is urgently longing for his affection.”  Daily prayer is so important.  Through it we come to experience this Love which will compel us to return our love. 

Saint Paul writes: “I am full of consolation” (2 Corinthians 7:4).  Saint John Chrysostom asks: “What consolation?”  He answers his own question, but we can hear these words in the silence of our hearts as we reconcile, grow in prayer, grow in love, experience Love in a greater abundance: “You have changed your ways, you have consoled Me by your deeds.”

We hear at Mass the word of the Lord.  We receive at Mass the Word of the Lord – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  Much can happen in a week’s time leading up to the Sunday Mass, but when flesh and spirit are on the same page, it is then, with Saint Paul, with Saint John Chrysostom and all the saints, our lives proclaim: “So great was the pleasure which You brought me that it could not be diminished by all that we are suffering.”