In The World But Not Of The World

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July 17, 2017 by bobet888

“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Romans 12 : 2 NASB

The Christian way of holiness, as Jesus Himself taught, is “being in the world,” while also “being not of the world” in values and style. The call is for the Christian to be faithful to his creed, and yet to practice charity for everyone. We have to be right, without being self-righteous.

Elsewhere, the Christian is not just a proclaimer of Gospel truth. Christians must become an occasion of blessing for persons around them. We must not just be persons who do good to others; we must also allow others to do good to us (as Jesus allowed a woman to anoint Him with expensive perfume). This way, we bring out the good in people. And for these persons, let us invoke God’s rewards and benediction.

The Ten Commandments, for example, state that we must honor father and mother. This particular precept is said to carry a blessing: “That it may go well with you, and that you may have a long life.” Many elderly persons, however, feel awkward whenever younger ones come to assist them and offer them acts of kindness. We must recognize that there are moments when the call is to be active agents of good. There are, however, also moments when we must just be occasions and opportunities for others to do good. Everything — including spirituality — has an active and a passive side.

source: Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP, KerygmaFamily

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