Thursday, July 16, 2015
Tired of giving? Jesus continued to give even
when he wanted to rest
by Sister Renee Delvaux
Can you remember a time when you were so very exhausted after a
long day, being involved with many people and tasks, that you just
needed a break? Finally, about to sit down for a rest,
someone called or found you and needed your help. What was
In the Gospel today we find Jesus and the apostles so involved
in preaching and healing that they had no time to rest or even eat.
Jesus invited them to get away to a quiet place to rest, but the
crowds pursued them and even got to the place before Jesus and the
apostles did. Instead of being frustrated and angry
with the crowds who followed, Jesus' "heart was moved with pity for
them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to
teach them many things" (Mk. 6:34). Jesus was generous with
his time, always open to the needs of others.
Although this Sunday is not officially called Good Shepherd
Sunday, the message certainly is about being a good shepherd. As
disciples of Jesus we are called to be good shepherds as he was.
The Christian call is to a life of sacrifice for others, not
counting the cost. It is a life of commitment and service with
heart-felt love and concern for all of God's people.
Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, thank you for your love especially
shown in your ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Help us to be
flexible and open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and generous
in our response to the needs of others, putting aside our plans and
giving without counting the cost.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Even the smallest seed of faith can grow and
by Sister Francis Bangert
In these early summer days when we are taken up with planting
seeds, watching mysterious growth and anticipating a fruitful
harvest, we hear in both the first and third Scripture readings for
Sunday how growing God's reign is like planting a new shoot or a
tiny mustard seed.
The Reign of God is living in the spiritual realities of truth,
justice, goodness, and love. And like a tiny mustard seed that
grows into maturity providing shelter for the birds of the sky, so
the growing Reign of God reaches out and welcomes all to live in
peace and harmony.
All of us are mustard seeds. With time and proper nourishment, we
grow into adulthood, living more fully in the truth of who we are,
living in right relationship with others and with Mother Earth,
living in the goodness that is God, living in the spirit of loving
As we tend our flowers and gardens these days, consider the
following: How am I using the precious gift of time to create
harmony through nonviolence in my relationships with others,
especially with those who look, speak, think differently than I?
With Mother Earth?
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The healing hand of Jesus Christ is within
your reach and mine
by Sister Charlene Hockers
Recently, I visited a friend at the nursing home. She had gone
through major surgery about three months earlier. She took the risk
of surgery rather than give up and die. She came through the
surgery which everyone believed was a miracle. She made good
progress in healing for a while. But the same day that I visited
her, she died.
Her story came to mind as I reflected on this Sunday's Gospel.
We hear how Jesus grasps the hand of Peter's mother-in-law and
heals her of her fever. In the evening, He heals many more. I
believe Jesus grasped my friend's hand at the time of surgery and
again when it was time to move into eternal life. Her suffering was
over. Jesus is always ready to grasp our hand. He is always ready
to heal us so we can get up and allow Him to work through us.
In the Gospel, what follows the healings is worthy of our
notice. "Rising very early before dawn, He left and went off to a
deserted place, where He prayed." In the midst of our service to
others, we need to go off to our deserted place and pray. Faith is
built on prayer. Our ability to help others heal spiritually is
dependent on our relationship with Jesus. Let Jesus grasp your hand
and take you to that deserted place to pray, and then go on to
continue your loving service in His name.