WHY THOSE WHO DO THE FATHER’S WILL ARE JESUS’ MOTHER AND BROTHERS
The first lesson us by Paul is that we are called to the grace of baptism not because of the merits of our good works but solely because of the goodness of God, NOT BECAUSE OF ANY RIGHTEOUS DEEDS WE HAD DONE BUT BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY…Peter and Andrew are called, not from the Temple where they were praying or sacrificing or engaging in works of piety and mercy and love, but called from the sea where they were rowing and diligently plying their trade of catching fish. Fishing requires no special kind of lowliness and virtue.
Moreover, Paul tells us that in baptism a regeneration and renovation takes place through THE BATH OF REBIRTH AND RENEWAL BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, which makes us very like to Christ in our life, our conduct, and our works, because it was to this that we have been predestined. Consequently, he writes to the Galatians: ALL OF YOU WHO ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE CLOTHED YOURSELVES WITH CHRIST. To clothe oneself with Christ, however, means to reflect Christ and make him visible in our life and conduct…
If the virtue and righteousness and holiness of the Apostles and all the saints is merely imaginary, does that mean that Christ is, therefore, merely an imaginary Redeemer and Savior? That Adam and Satan had much more power to destroy than Christ and God have to save? If the power of the Holy Spirit in the Apostles was only imaginary, how were they able to perform real works of virtue? Can an imaginary or a painted tree bear real fruits?… These are fruits that were truly present in the Apostles… The Apostles and countless martyrs have already laid down their lives for Christ and suffered cruel torments for the sake of righteousness with great patience and strength of soul and constancy and, even more, with love and a spirit of joy…and with a great desire to suffer even much more.
Saint Lawrence of Brindisi.(1697) was minister general of the Capuchins.(Magnificat)