Tuesday, February 10, 2015
St. Paul: Our humble actions give glory to
Similar to our written reflections, image reflections invite us
to enter deeply into Sacred Scripture. Take a few minutes to gaze
upon the image below. Hear St. Paul teach the Corinthians that, as
Christians, our actions matter.
- How do my actions glorify God?
- This Lent, how will I bear my sufferings in a more Christ-like
- Whom do I need to love or forgive in order to better imitate
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Jesus: 'You shall be my witnesses ... to the
ends of the earth'
by Sister Sally Ann Brickner
This week our Catholic Church deviates
from the Sunday Scripture readings to commemorate the feast of
Saints Peter and Paul. As "disciples on the way," each of
them offered profound witness of evangelization, of living the "joy
of the Gospel." During the US Bishops'
Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve (June 21 to July 4) may
we reflect on the readings of this feast day to learn about the
examples of Saints Peter and Paul. Both chose to serve Jesus (and
accept death) over political power that was contrary to the
Witness of Prayer -- Unwavering trust in the
Lord sustained both Peter and Paul throughout every evil threat
whether it came from within the Jewish or gentile communities.
How deep is my relationship with Jesus? Is He my only
security and hope?
Witness of Discipleship -- Saints Peter and
Paul took up their crosses daily and followed Jesus just as He
asked His disciples to do. They were martyred because of their
belief in Jesus' teachings.
Do I take up my crosses joyfully each day in response
to Jesus' call to discipleship?
Witness as Missionaries -- Jesus sent his
disciples to "Go out to all the world and spread the Good News"
from Galilee to Jerusalem, and on to Rome. Every day Saints Peter
and Paul shared their personal relationship with Jesus and the
depth of His love for them and for all in the world.
Am I so filled with Jesus' love that it radiates out
Prayer, discipleship, and mission as exemplified by Saints Peter
and Paul show us what "freedom to serve" really is, even to the
point of giving our lives for others.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
by 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
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
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.
- In my baptismal call how am I on mission?
- In what ways have I been inspired by the lives of men and women
Friday, January 20, 2012
by 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?