14th August, 2015: Friday 19th week in Ordinary time. Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Joshua 24:1-13
Ps. 136:1-3.16-18.21-22.24
Mt 18:19:3-12
Maximilian Kolbe: A life of love and Truth

St. Maximilian Kolbe was the “Saint of Auschwitz”, he was executed in 1941 during the second world war after some years in the Nazi concentration camp. Like Jesus who took our place, Maximilian took the place of someone who was to die. “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” The life of St. Maximilian was at the service of love and truth. He spoke the truth to a government of hate and of murder even at the cost of his life. In the gospel, Jesus told the Jews that Moses allowed them to divorce their wives because their hearts were hardened. They would not accept the truth. We too can get to that point; when we hold views and conducts ourselves in ways that are contrary to the gospel and the teachings of the faith. Our hearts can be hardened about abortion, artificial birth control, divorce and others. St. Maximilian once said that “no one in the world can change truth, what we can do and should do is to seek truth and serve it when we have found it.” May he who is the way, the truth and the life lead us today and always. Amen
Rev. Fr. Israel Inaede
St. Peter Chaplaincy Oleh

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