At our LifeTeen Retreat this weekend, we received a reminder that we are gifted with all we need to live and guide disciples to the Lord. Are we going to dare to use it, perhaps even fail and lose it. Readings found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111917.cfm
In our readings, we hear of wisdom, and that is a virtue needed in to be stewards. Wisdom is to see as God sees, with an eternal perspective. We grow in wisdom by avoiding vice and going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, prayer and adoration, reading of the lives and the writings of the Saints, and by remembering we become the average of the people we spend time with. Readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111217.cfm.
Unlike the harshness of the pharisees, to whom Jesus refers as those who are to be listened to but not followed by their example, St. Paul is gentle and proclaims the Gospel without being a burden. Stewards are called to be gentle. The readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/110517.cfm
The heart of a steward is filled with love of God and neighbor, willing the good of each, responding to the love of God with every part of one's being. How are we loving the Lord? Readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102917.cfm
We are called to render to God what is His due, and to give to others their due. This requires Justice, which enables us to know a do the right. As we strive to be stewards, praying for the gift of justice helps us to know what is right to give.
On the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, we offered a special school/parish Mass in which we prayed the votive Mass of the Blessed Mother, Mother of the Church. At the end of Mass, we consecrated ourselves, our parishes, our School and Little Angels Preschool, to the Blessed Mother.
Jesus tells us to forgive 77 times, from our heart. But forgiveness is hard, and we make it harder but not understanding what it really is. When we forgive others, we are more able to receive God's forgiveness. To receive God's love, we must let it go...
At the weekly John Ireland School Mass (done in dialog form), we asked ourselves what does Jesus' death and Resurrection, which we celebrate on the Exultation of the Cross, matter to us. What are we going to do?
Jesus gives the model of fraternal correction, and we are so hesitant to use it. Perhaps, we ought to ask some questions: Are we given authority to guide (like the watchmen of old)? Are we loving the other person? Is it a sin (Illegal, immoral, or unjust)? Are we loving the person we need to correct? Are we seeking conversion and reconciliation? Are we doing it in a manner that most protects everyone's dignity?
St. Peter answers the question of who Jesus is, and Jesus states that He will build His church on Peter. This means that we, the people who proclaim Jesus the Christ, are the Church, called to proclaim Him to all.
As we hear of Jesus' interaction with the Canaanite woman, we might reflect on the nature of race relations in our current day. If we are filled with the love of Christ, there will be no room for hate.
As we celebrate the Assumption, we call to mind Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. Just as the Ark of the Old Covenant was in the center of the temple, this Ark is taken to the center of God's kingdom - Heaven.