Sunday, July 25, 2010

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We have a loving Father who listens to our prayers. When we pray, do we pray with hearts ready to receive what is truly needed? Do we have the persistence to keep knocking, seeking, asking? THe Lord hears every prayer, even if it seems otherwise. There are prayers that He always answers: Help me to know You, to serve you, to forgive, and to be forgiven, etc. So we keep asking Him to help us to know our vocations, to live them out, and to love more completely.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Why a priest should wear his Roman Collar

Why a priest should wear his Roman Collar? Msgr. Mangan and Fr. Murray provide a wonderful explanation of the reasons for, as well as a response against those with contrary reasons.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The demands of hospitality require us not only the look after the physical needs of the guests, but also to spend time with them. Martha forgets that, and accuses Mary of not caring, while Mary has remembered to take time to spend with the Lord, their guest.

OUr lives can be filled with much anxiety, and we can be like Martha and tell the Lord what we are doing, but His invitation remains - we are to spend time with Him!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus, the true Good Samaritan who comes to our aid as God-made-man, shows us what it means to love our neighbor. In this famous parable, He uses the persona of a Samaritan, a person that the Jews would have at best looked down upon, as an example of virtue in the treatment of a man caught and left for dead be robbers. The Samaritan treats and binds that wounds, places the man on his own beast, and takes him to the safety of the inn, promising to repay whatever amount is needed over and above what he had given. His heart was moved with compassion on seeing the man, and he chose to act.

Christ has saved us, and binding our wounds, has brought us to safety. Are we willing to follow His example, and help others who have falling to the robber?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary time

The harvest is ready, laborers are few. We are to beg the Master of the Harvest for laborers. Without them, the harvest will be lost. But it is not just the laborers in the field charged with a duty. Perhaps we should look at the harvest like of old: when all had their proper role! There were drivers, harvesters, etc, but just as important were those providing rest, food, and drink. Everyone had their role, and when all fulfilled it, the harvest was brought in quickly and safely.

The Harvest is ready - and we are being called ourselves to help, each in our own way. May we pray for many more to help with the harvest, know our role, and work as we ought.

All are called by God to love Him.

All are called to serve Him.

Some are called to special lives of service,

to give witness to God's love through being a priest, religious brother, or sister.

Is He calling you?