We ask God to send us his spirit and anoint us with grace so that we may bring joy to others; that we may help others free themselves from fear, cynicism and hatred; that we may restore hope to those in despair and heal those broken in body and spirit. May our humble generosity and grateful kindness proclaim God’s presence to all in our midst.
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time –
In the silence of our prayer life we definitely know right from wrong. We need to deny the proud self, the selfish self, the arrogant self, and the greedy self. I need to suppress these selves in place of the gifts emanating from the God-life within me, my spiritual life, which allows me to say yes to God which gives me the energy to sacrifice for others.
The Passion of St. John the Baptist –
Maybe we are not called to live our lives so dramatically but we have to be credible witnesses of God’s truth in this world. It is a challenge for all of us to continue to be God’s ambassadors in this world and in this age. The value of John the Baptist’s death in Christian memory and in God’s own eyes makes us face the reality of our own deepest convictions.
St. Augustine –
As we prepare to meet the ‘Bridegroom’ are we getting our lives in order, practicing the virtues, growing as Christians? We are not to be like the foolish bridesmaids, hoping to borrow what we do not have. Our response in faith to Christ has to be personal. Just as we cannot blame other people for our lack of faith, we cannot pass the responsibility for it over to someone else. It is our responsibility alone.
St. Monica –
“You do not know when the Son of Man will come.” And so we ought to settle accounts with people we’ve wronged. We ought to celebrate our joy with people we love. We ought to keep our spiritual affairs in order. We ought to live in such a way that important things are said and done as the need arises. In other words, live life to the fullest in the present moment.
Those who talk a good game never test themselves on the playing field. These are people who love to live in the past and in the future but have no guts to live in the present. Let us pray that we will have the courage to live in the present, living a life that is based on faith and not fear. Pope Francis reminds us that “spirituality is rooted in the heart. Our faith is not a veneer or an external gloss.”
We might ask what Jesus would condemn in such harsh words today. What sins against justice and mercy would he condemn? Are we taken up with small things still thinking that Catholicism is mainly concerned about rules and laws? Are we still concerned about how clean the dish is or are we concerned that there is something in the dish? Christianity calls for commitment to God and God’s people.
St. Bartholomew –
Once we believe, we bring others to Jesus and get out of the way so that they can believe. God provides us the person to whom we speak a kind word, the one for whom we run an errand, the one who needs a listening ear. God works through us to draw others to faith in Christ. We must be careful not to get in the way of God’s work.
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time –
Weekend after weekend we profess our faith. Easter after Easter we renew our baptismal promises. And day after day we either fall short of our confession of faith, or fail to live out its implications. What we experience is no straight flat road nor a smooth superhighway, but a daily journey into the unknown with many twists and turns, a dead end here and there, and plenty of peaks and valleys.
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary –
Does our practice of religion enable us to accept people who do not think, look and act exactly like we do? Is the sharing of our faith inclusive? Is the faith I profess obvious in my life? Does our practice of religion include compassionate service to the poor? Are we imitators of Jesus Christ?