Thursday, August 7, 2014
Keeping our eyes on the Lord helps us
navigate life's storms
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Our Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time brings us to the
sea. Jesus invited Peter to walk on water to come to
him. Peter believed he would be able to do that and he
stepped out of the boat to join Jesus. As long as he looked
to Jesus, he walked on the water. When he focused on the
strong winds and the waves, he sank. He looked to Jesus for
help and Jesus' hand brought him to safety. He knew that
Jesus had the power to save him and he did just that.
We celebrate with our Jubilarians who, like Peter, took a risk
to follow the Lord. They left the security of their homes and
all that was familiar to them to step out and join Jesus.
In good times and not so good times, they have tried to keep
their focus on the Lord. In the storms of life and the calm
moments, they have given their all. They, like Peter, know
that Jesus has taken them by the hand through all the experiences
of their lives. They also know that Jesus continues to walk
with them as they journey through this life.
Let us thank our God for these women who have served God's
people and have given us all a wonderful example of faith,
dedication and selfless love!
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.