Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In Happy New Year, Charlie Brown one of the Peanuts TV specials, Charlie Brown tells Lucy that next year he is going to be a changed person. "Oh, be serious, Charlie Brown," Lucy says. Charlie protests, "No, I mean it. I am going to be strong and firm." "Forget it, Charlie Brown," Lucy tells him. "You will always be wishy-washy." Charlie ponders, "Why can't I change just a little bit? I've got it! I'll be wishy one day, washy the next."
In today's Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples there is no room for being wishy-washy. A follower will have no place to rest his head. Disciples must abandon their former lives to proclaim the kingdom of God. Jesus says that it they look back, they are not fit to preach the kingdom.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are told in our Gospel this Sunday that Jesus was praying in solitude. Jesus took time to pray and to be with His heavenly Father. This past week I went to Mount St. Mary's Seminary to take time to pray as well. This was my annual retreat. I am sure Jesus' schedule was a busy one; so he knew the importance of getting away and praying. It is good to take time to pray and be with our Lord. Do you take time to pray? Do you take time to unwind and put yourself in our Lord's presence? In prayer, we lift our minds and hearts to God. Prayer is a relationship of love with God. Humbly, we seek to know Him, and open ourselves completely to His holy will. Prayer is a great gift and activity of communication with our loving God. If Jesus took time to pray and be with His heavenly Father, it is a good thing for us to do as well.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Happy Father's Day! May God bless all those who fulfill the role of father. I thank God for my father who is ninety-two years old. My father taught me many wonderful things over the years like throwing a baseball, riding a bike, laying ceramic tile, and praying. He has also been a great role model and example. Recently my parents had a plumbing problem and I suggested my father call a plumber; he called an electrician. My dad is quite independent and has been used to fixing all kinds of things around the house. This job was just a bit too much for him. Well, the problem got fixed. Sometimes even our fathers need a little help. We pray on this day that God my bless all our fathers. We know that God will do a good job because we know he is a Father as well.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The widow's story in the Gospel this Sunday is not unique. How many mothers witness their children being carried out to burial because of gang violence, war or civil strife? In cities across the nation and in countries around the world, mothers grieve for their children who are no more. Mercy, pity, tenderness, love, hope are all words that could be used to describe the actions of Jesus. Yes, Jesus brings back the son of the widow, who had become alone and vulnerable. Jesus reached out and restored this simple family at the edge of disaster.
Perhaps as we reflect on this reading we might reflect on how we need that gentle, life-changing touch of Jesus in our own lives. Where do Jesus' great compassion and concern need to touch our live and to bring its healing to our sometimes tired and weary spirits? The care that Jesus demonstrates in today's Gospel is the same compassion that he extends to each one of us every day.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

The Eucharist we share this day and every Sunday is the sacrament of Christ's body and blood broken and poured out for us. As St. Paul reminds the Corinthians in the second reading, this tradition comes from the Lord who commands that we do this in remembrance of Him. The Mass is more than just a memorial service to the life and death of Jesus. What we celebrate each week is the real presence of Christ among us. He promised to be with us always. And through the Holy Eucharist, He is. Our communion with Him nourishes us until the day we join Him at the heavenly banquet.