Weekly Reflections

Reflection of Feb. 5, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Zelten_Laura_Sister2012-100pxby Sister Laura Zelten

When I think of the line "for the sake of the Gospel" I think of people who have given their lives to Christ -- Francis and Clare of Assisi, Norbert, Francis Xavier, Our Blessed Mother, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, Maria Goretti and the list goes on. The Saints were people who heard the call to be on mission and were not afraid to give their lives totally to God.

In today's New Testament Readings from Corinthians and Mark's Gospel, we hear of two men who are "on a mission."  For St. Paul, his mission is to be a "slave to all" in order that he "might win over as many people as possible" to the Gospel message.  Jesus' message was to accomplish what he was sent to do, mainly "... to go on the villages that I may preach there also."  This mission gave both men a sense of meaning and purpose in what they were about and an identity as to who they were in relationship to those whose lives they touched.  Jesus states clearly, "for this purpose I have come ... to preach and drive out demons throughout the whole of Galilee."  For Paul, it was his purpose in life to "become all things to all, to save at least some."

This Sunday, the Church recognizes and expresses gratitude for those who have consecrated their lives to God. World Day for Consecrated Life is the occasion to promote this life choice as one of the ways to live out our baptismal commitment.

Consecrated life, rooted deeply in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a special gift of God.  Some women and men are called by God to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.  By devoting themselves to God with undivided hearts, women and men embrace God's radical call, leaving all things behind and daring to put themselves totally at the service of God and God's people.

Reflection Questions:

  1. In my baptismal call how am I on mission?
  2. In what ways have I been inspired by the lives of men and women religious?

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Reflection for Jan. 22, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Simonich_Lynne-Marie_Sr_2012-100pxby Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Many commercials we hear tell us to "Hurry - it's the biggest sale of the season!"  Remember the news reports before Christmas of shoppers nearly breaking down the doors of stores to get those last-minute deals?  What about the mobs of people stepping over each other to get that great bargain?  They were in a hurry -- they wanted the best for less.

Our three Scripture readings for this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time have a sense of urgency.  Jonah tells the people of Nineveh that God has told him, "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed."  St. Paul reminds the people of Corinth and us that "the world in its present form is passing away."  In Mark's Gospel, Jesus calls his first disciples telling them, "The kingdom of God is at hand."  There is no time to waste. Jonah, Paul and Jesus want us to "hurry" -- not for low prices or big sales -- but to answer God's call inviting us to change our hearts and bring God's love into the world by our actions of compassion and joy.  The cost for us?  Placing our minds, hearts and souls into the hands of our God.

There's no "money back guaranteed" but there is the promise of our God's continual love and grace that is with us as we answer God's call each day.

Will you hurry to answer God's call?

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