Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Aug. 14, 2022

Reflection for Aug. 14, 2022

Rising in Jesus

Discipleship  includes suffering and dying as well as rising

by Sister Laura Zelten

Often in Scripture the images of Jesus are pleasant, kind and gentle -- the Good Shepherd, the healer, and the kind teacher of children. But Sunday’s Gospel is a bit sobering. Jesus talks about the baptism he will undergo and the anguish he will experience. What could he possibly mean by these destructive words and images?

To be a disciple is to be inflamed with the love of God. It is to have an unquenchable desire for holiness and zeal for the mission of Jesus. However, his mission can cause division among families and communities (Luke 12:51). Jesus calls us to follow him; if we decide to follow  then our lives will be changed, perhaps in ways we might not welcome. This is the cost of discipleship.

The choice to embrace and welcome the call is ours. If we say “yes” then we, too, will be called to live the paschal mystery—suffering, dying and rising with Jesus. It is through our baptism that we are made new. The life-giving Spirit encourages us to open ourselves to the transforming message of Jesus and share it with the world.


08/12/2022 8:57 am

Your thoughts are true in so many ways, marriage, health, family, and ordinary everyday life.

Thank you

08/12/2022 5:04 pm

Revelation 3:15-22 New American Standard Bible

15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have no need of anything,” and you do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, '

In the Book of Revelations, JESUS is speaking to the Church -- each one of us who claim his Name, "Christian," in Baptism.

In Sunday's gospel, as Laura says, we hear the same kind of 'prophecy' from JESUS: 'Jesus said to his disciples:

"I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!"' [Luke 12:49]

We also know JESUS, likewise, instructed his followers that once their hearts were dedicated to JESUS, they were not to stop along the way to tend to 'former things,' as these worldly cares would ensnare them, but to keep moving according to the lead of the Holy Spirit, to the Newness-of-Life to which JESUS leads us.

JESUS is calling us, the Church, to give up the lukewarm-ness that keeps us - and others - from "catching the Fire of the Holy Spirit."

The Church, if living in witness to JESUS CHRIST, must give up that which no longer serves the true and real needs of the Times, as these needs cry out to us for our attention, and for us to respond in both repentance (grieving the great pain and suffering caused by so much excessive violence), and conversion-of-heart, and with a heart enflamed-in-love for God and People, as Laura describes.

08/13/2022 11:16 am

We are blessed to be called to be disciples of Jesus, we accept both the good and not so good opportunities that come into our lives.

Rev. William J. Jacobs, Jr.
08/14/2022 3:07 pm

Your reflection was so "right on!" I referred to it at my 7:30 AM Mass at St. Catherine's this morning!

Note: My wonderful Sister, Mary Lou Jacobs turned "90" today! She's a Winner. My other remaining Sister, Annie was with Mary Lou today for the celebration. She'll be "93" on Christmas Day!!!

God is good!

In God We Trust!

Father Bill

Sr Rose Jochmann
08/17/2022 9:58 am

Good reminder about the Paschal mystery! We all find that in our lives Thank you!

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