TOMMY was a young, bright university student. He had to take a class on religious studies, even though he wasn’t interested all that much. On the last day of exams he quipped to the priest professor - Father, do you think I will ever find God? Said the priest - be careful, God will find you. Sometime later Tommy was diagnosed with leukemia. He did find God. Let go, let be and let God find us. The answer was not as important as the question. In the midst of our pains and difficulties, do we let God find us?
One of the themes running through the readings for this 4th Sunday of the year is: When one genuinely encounters Jesus ones’ life changes. In other words, communicating with God in prayer and embracing the call of Jesus to follow him leads to full commitment to live the gospel.
3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Psychologists tell us that if a child grows up hearing “You are stupid!” “You are good for nothing!” the child will believe that, especially when it comes from an adult of confidence. Today God the Father tells us who Jesus is, and who we are by our Baptism – “You are my son/daughter, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” God’s love is a free gift to us, something that many struggle with, complicated by feelings (rightfully or wrongly so) of unworthiness. Our Baptism is more than just a moment in time – captu
In the comic strip PEANUTS Lucy and Charlie are wondering what is wrong with Linus- at his age he should be walking, not creeping along. “Why is that?” wonders Charlie. Lucy’s answer is - let him be, once he walks he is committed for life. Once we are baptized we are committed to walk in the footsteps of the Lord. Commitment is not always a “comfortable” word, not a popular nor convenient posture to live our life. And yet, without a commitment for life, love cannot grow in our lives, in our relationships, in our daily life.
The readings for the feast of the Epiphany underline one important religious truth: an authentic encounter with Jesus invites me to a change of heart and to travel a new road... "They left for their own country by another road." Matthew is saying that an authentic encounter with Jesus leads to a new way of being. To travel by another road means to become a new person in Christ. By contrast, Herod the Judean King, had no desire to change his life and so remained in darkness. Authentic search for truth is a transforming experience.
The Light has come
All Resurrectionists have a special interest in the Feast of the Holy Family because our mission, as Resurrectionists, is to “call others, especially youth and families, to communities of the Risen Lord in which faith, hope, and love radiate as a sign of union with Christ and his mother, Mary, in the Church” (Resurrectionist Mission Statement). Contemplating and praying over the story of the birth of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel provides a particular way to think about how a virtue cultivated within the Holy Family might assist us in our own families.