Do we really and truly appreciate the people around us as if this were their last day or our last day? We would not want to be remembered as foolish? Do we really appreciate our prosperity, appreciate it enough to share it with others so as not to be labeled as a fool? Do we thank God each day for all that we have, for all that He has given us?
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time –
“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” When a team gives up they might as well go home. My friends we cannot give up. We must keep trusting in God. We are not in this struggle by ourselves. If God is on the side of truth, justice and peace then the fight is far from over. We can take heart; we can keep going even when things seem hopeless. We shall overcome. We shall overcome the temptation to quit but only through praying always!
Saints John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues –
The Indians rebelled against the kindness of Fr. Brebeuf and Fr. Jogues and missed receiving the help that would have improved their lives. The scribes and Pharisees shut themselves off from the benefits of the kingdom of God by their religion. Let us pray to be open to God’s grace and to be helpful in directing others toward the kingdom of God.
St. Luke –
This is a timely word for a society like our own which has become increasingly suspicious of strangers. For understandable reasons, we close ourselves off from the people we meet on the street or who live next door. But this is no way to build the human community. We should expect the best of every person we meet even if our greeting is rejected.
St. Ignatius of Antioch –
By Jesus’ day the Jews had grown fond of elaborate funerary decoration, in contrast to the simple graves of ancient Israel. We need to be aware of our own faults today. It might be that we are still constructing large shrines over the past and not paying any attention to what Jesus is saying to us today.
St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Careful practice of our faith must not come at the cost of overlooking the needs of others. The life of faith is not intended to be a struggle through heaps of burdens and commands, but an invitation for everyone to the freedom enjoyed through forgiveness and life in Christ.
St. Teresa of Jesus –
The Church is filled with many great actors and actresses. So often we confuse religion and spirituality. Religion is lived by people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is lived by people who have been through hell and come out enlightened. Worshipping God is harmless and risk-free. Following God is what changes the world.
In this Gospel passage Jesus rebukes the fellowship of excitement that surrounded him, constantly awaiting fresh wonders, new stimulation to certify the “real” presence of the Spirit. To seek excitement, even if great crowds come seeking it, is not discipleship but doubt, masquerading as faith. In other words, crowds do not always mean success. At least, not for the cause of Jesus.
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time –
How do we live as thankful people; how do we allow Eucharist, this prayer of thanksgiving to come alive for us each day? Does gratitude permeate our lives? Are we thankful only when we compare ourselves with others, or are there times when we are just plain thankful?
Mary’s greatest blessedness came from the faith she had in her Son, Jesus; a faith we hold in common with her. Being a disciple of Jesus requires that we hear the word of God and allow it to take root in our lives and we, too, can experience this blessedness.