NAME OF PROGRAM: New Life
PRESENTER: Kimberly Kramar
TOPIC: Poverty of Spirit
PROGRAM # 8
Live transmission: Monday, april 3, 2017
Time: Miami 7:00pm
Link: https://jcn.network Comcast 235
SPECIAL GUESTS: Cristy Villaseñor, Kiki Troia, Marco López, Margarita Araux and MaryCarmen Barria
Purpose of message:
Discover the need to give all areas of our life to Jesus, by identifying the bonds that limit us to reach a full relationship with God.
We will recognize our humanity with its selfishness: attachments, impulses, needs for approval, success, power, possessions, recognition of achievements, etc.; the sin and the spiritual bonds that it entails.
In the light of the Letter to the Romans we will recognize if we are living according to the "flesh" or according to the "spirit". We will also learn how to pray for full freedom and joy and peace in Christ, asking for the grace of the Holy Spirit to live proclaiming with St. Paul: "I live no longer, but Christ lives in me" (Gal 2, 20).
Matt 5, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
What does "poor in spirit" mean?
"When the Son of God became man, he chose a path of poverty, of humiliation. As St. Paul says in the Letter to the Philippians: "Have the sentiments of Christ Jesus among you. Who, being of divine condition, did not avidly retain the being equal to God; On the contrary, he emptied himself by taking on the condition of a slave, made like men "(2,5-7). Jesus is God who divests himself of his glory. Here we see the choice of poverty on the part of God: being rich, he became poor to enrich us with his poverty (2 Cor 8,9). It is the mystery that we contemplate in the nativity, seeing the Son of God in a manger, and then on a cross, where humiliation reaches the end.
The Greek adjective ptochós (poor) not only has a material meaning, but also means "beggar." It is linked to the Jewish concept of anawim, the "poor of Yahweh", which evokes humility, awareness of one's own limits, one's existential condition of poverty. The anawim trust in the Lord, they know that they depend on Him.
Jesus, as Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus perfectly understood, in his Incarnation he appears as a beggar, a needy person in search of love. The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of man as a "beggar of God" (No. 2559) and tells us that prayer is the meeting of God's thirst with our thirst (# 2560).
St. Francis of Assisi understood very well the secret of the Bliss of the poor in spirit. In fact, when Jesus spoke to him in the person of the leper and in the Crucifix, he recognized the greatness of God and his own condition of humility. In prayer, the Poverello spent hours asking the Lord, "Who are you? Who I am?". She divested herself of a comfortable and carefree life to marry the "Lady Poverty", to imitate Jesus and follow the Gospel to the letter. Francis lived inseparably the imitation of the poor Christ and the love of the poor, like the two sides of the same coin."
Pope Francisco, message for XXIX WYD 2014
• Seek the essentials: Jesus first
• Freedom in relation to things: sobriety, detachment
• Sensitivity to the material and spiritual poor: unemployed, migrants, dependents, unloved, hopeless, discouraged, disillusioned, cowed...
• Recognize that the poor are like teachers for conversion: they also have something to offer us, to teach us: a person is not valuable for what he has in the bank, but for his humility and trust in God
• Poor in spirit: way of evangelization, joyful for the lordship of God, heirs of the kingdom of the heavens
Matt 10, 9 -10 Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep.
"The Kingdom is both a gift and a promise. It has already been given to us in Jesus, but it must still be fulfilled in fullness. Therefore we ask the Father every day: "Your kingdom come".
Col 3, 1 – 10 If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry. (…) Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator.
Attachment is the affection, esteem and affection that an individual feels for another person or for a certain thing that can be an object, a good, among others, and that implies an important and intense empathy.
"Attachment is an emotional state that has two approaches, one positive and one negative. The first is the state of pleasure and emotion that we feel when we achieve in our lives that which we are attached to. As for the negative, it is the sense of threat and tension that accompany it, which makes us vulnerable to emotional disorder and constantly threatens to unbalance our tranquility ...When we can not conceive of life without the presence of those things or those people. Then, it is clear that simple affection has been transformed into dependency. "
Attachment to sin:
"It refers to those pleasant memories for past sins that were already forgiven".
Catholicism for Dummies
... "Our true enemy is attachment to sin, which can lead to the failure of our existence. Jesus dismisses the adulterous woman with this slogan: "Go away, and from now on sin no more." He grants forgiveness, so that "from now on" he does not sin anymore. (...) Here it is emphasized that only divine forgiveness and his love received with an open and sincere heart give us the strength to resist evil and "sin no more", to let us conquer by the love of God, which becomes Our strength. In this way, the attitude of Jesus becomes a model to be followed by every community, called to make love and forgiveness the throbbing heart of his life».
Homily of S.S. Benedict XVI, March 25, 2007
"The Lord condemns sin, not the sinner"
Emotional or affective attachment:
"Emotional or affective attachment is not love. It is a problem of dependence on the other person. The 'attached' leaves aside his own life, his personality, his tastes, his friends... to follow the other person in everything he does.
"To depend on the person you love is a way of burying yourself in life, an act of psychological self-mutilation where self-love, self-respect and the essence of oneself are offered and given away irrationally. When attachment is present, surrender, rather than an act of selfless and generous affection, is a form of capitulation, a surrender guided by fear in order to preserve the good that the relationship offers. Under the disguise of romantic love, the attached person begins to suffer a slow and relentless depersonalization to become an annex of the person 'beloved', a simple appendix”.
Rom 6, 1 – 11 What then shall we say? Shall we persist in sin that grace may abound? Of course not! How can we who died to sin yet live in it? Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin. For a dead person has been absolved from sin. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as [being] dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.
I do not live anymore:
Gal 6, 14 But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
• Dying the "old man"
• Dying to passions (Col 3: 5-10)
• Dying to sin (St 1: 14-15)
• Dying to power - fame - and recognitions
• Dying to pride (2 Cor 10, 13)
• Dying to envy (Prov 14:30)
• Dying to jealousy (St 3, 14-15)
• Dying to desires of revenge and justice (Heb 10:30)
• Dying to have to please everyone
• Dying to perfectionism
• Dying to defenses
• Dying to fears
• Dying to insecurities
• Dying to anger
• Dying to divisions
• Dying to bad habits: lack of discipline, greed, laziness, excesses, obsessions and all physiological, emotional and spiritual attachments
If it still hurts you, it bothers you, it bothers you ... is that it has not yet died in your life.
"In proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus invites us to follow him, to walk with him in the way of love, the only one that leads to eternal life. It is not an easy road, but the Lord assures us of His grace and never leaves us alone. Poverty, afflictions, humiliations, struggle for justice, fatigue in daily conversion, difficulties to live the call to holiness, persecutions and many other challenges are present in our lives. But if we open the door to Jesus, if we let Him be in our life, if we share with Him the joys and the sufferings, we will experience a peace and a joy that only God, infinite love, can give
(...) If you really allow the deepest aspirations of your heart to emerge, you will realize that there is an inextinguishable desire for happiness in you, and this will allow you to unmask and reject so many offers "cheaply" that you find around you. When we look for success, pleasure, selfishness and turn into idols, we may experience moments of drunkenness, a false sense of satisfaction, but in the end we become slaves, we are never satisfied, and we feel the need to seek each Again. It is very sad to see a youth "tired," but weak. "
Pope Francisco, message for XXIX WYD 2014
Gal 5, 25 – 26 If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another.
• The Holy Spirit gives us the rightness of intention
"Vanity is dangerous, Makes us fall into pride and pride "
Prov 16, 18 – 19 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.
"There is a way which is certainly not that of salvation, nor that of happiness, and by which - but nevertheless - we often enter men with great ease. (...) The route of pride has a rather sad beginning because it begins with the denial of God in our souls and in our lives. (...) Pride, in fact, is nothing more than a disorderly estimate of one's own talents and talents. (...) The route of pride is a labyrinth in which souls become disoriented and lost. Pride destroys the simplicity of souls, that being and appear without folds -sine plicis- which is a charming characteristic of the humble people "
P. Salvador Canals, Ascetic Meditation, 31 ed., 2014
Ps 10, 2 – 4 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, and the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord. The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
Prov 8, 13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.
"The Beatitudes of Jesus are bearers of a revolutionary novelty, of a model of happiness opposite to that usually communicated to us by the media, the dominant opinion. For the worldly mind, it is a scandal that God has come to become one of us, who has died on a cross. In the logic of this world, those who Jesus proclaims blessed are considered "losers", weak. On the other hand, success is exalted at all costs, the welfare, the arrogance of power, the affirmation of self to the detriment of others.
Pope Francisco, message for XXIX WYD 2014
John 15, 5 – 6 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.
What does "stripping" mean and how do we get rid of our ties?
"Despoiling is depriving someone of his or her own will of something through deception or physical or moral violence. Dispossession is synonymous with looting, undressing, booty and plunder."
Eph 4, 21 – 24 assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God's way in righteousness and holiness of truth.
1 Cor 2, 14 – 16 Now the natural person does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment by anyone. For "who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him? "But we have the mind of Christ.
Rom 8, 5 For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit.
• The difference between the detachment of the priests / religious and the laity
Phil 2, 4 – 8 each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
""He emptied himself "does not in any way mean that he ceased to be God: it would be absurd! On the contrary, it means, as the Apostle insightfully states, that "he did not avidly retain being" equal to God, "but" being in the form of God "(" in form Dei ") - as the true God-Son - He assumed a human nature deprived of glory, subject to suffering and death, in which to live obedience to the Father to the extreme sacrifice”.
P. John Paul II, General Audience, February 17, 1988
"In Christian theology, kenosis is the emptying of one's will to become fully receptive to the will of God."
• How to live detached in the family?
Living according to the Spirit:
Gal 5, 16 – 17 I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.
"To live according to the spirit" means to seek God above all things and to fight, with his grace, against his own inclination to evil and to sin. This task may seem impossible, if we rely only on our strengths, but Christ has come in the flesh to condemn sin and to give us His Spirit. In this way, with the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, we can overcome sin and death, the flesh and the bondage of the Law. The destiny of this new mode of existence is the resurrection and eternal life; That is, full participation in the victory of Christ. We can, therefore, realize the authentic vocation of man; Which is the vocation to charity, to the love that unites us to God and that builds solidarity among us”.
Guillermo Morado, en http://infocatolica.com
Mary, poor in spirit:
Lc 1, 47 – 49 my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
• The poverty of Mary, an option of life and the soul
• He gave up everything except his one good: God
• Instead of complaining, bitterness, anger, out of his condition took virtue: joy, comfort, hope
• She was happy to see herself among the hungry, whom God fills with celestial goods:
John 1, 46 But Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
"No other virtue is in fact so despised and so little and ill-known, so ignored and deformed, as this Christian virtue. The virtue of humility is a humble virtue”
P. Salvador Canals, Ascetic Meditation
Matt 11, 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
How to live in the world and not be of the world:
• The sentence
• The sacraments
• The detachment
• The service
• Imitation of the saints
• Intercession of the Virgin Mary and consecration to her
• Heaven and Hell Awareness
• Disclaimers: acknowledgments, applause, etc.
Closing prayer: Phil 1, 20 – 21 My eager expectation and hope is that I shall not be put to shame in any way, but that with all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.