St Paul says, be RESPONSIBLE in your life and don’t stop with MINIMUM fulfillment of duty. Don’t look for short cuts or ways to get AROUND work. Don‘t cheat your EMPLOYER or CUSTOMER. No, keep on growing and aspiring to become more and MORE responsible. Sounds like a lesson in maturity, doesn’t it? Not…exciting.
“Who took their lamps out to meet the bridegroom.” (Mt 25: 1-13)
“The king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”….She replied,
“The head of John the Baptist…on a platter .” The king was deeply distressed, but….he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head.” (MK 6: 22, 25, 26-27.)
Today we remember St Augustine..... born 430 ad....in north Africa..... He was baptize at age 33 and later was elected bishop of Hippo..... Augustine is known for writing many books and a well known one is his confession. The books he wrote were about internal change. Changing on the inside.....this brings us to today's gospel..... Jesus is speaking out against the scribes and Pharisees ..... he said "from the outside you look upright, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness" and he repeated this a few different ways .....
“Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!” (Matthew 23: 24)
“O God, you search me and you know me.” (Ps 139: 1-4)
"The Lord takes delight in his people." (Psalm 149:4)
"All discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it." (Hebrews 12:11)
But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, Come and see.” Jesus said of Nathaniel….There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.:” (John 1: 46-48)
"You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Mt. 22:34-40)
The media has been so lavish with the information about the Royal parents Kate and William and the new royal heir these days. What can a royal wedding party tell us about God's kingdom? One of the most beautiful images of heaven in the scriptures is the banquet and wedding celebration given by the King for his son. We are all, in fact, invited to the most important banquet of all! The last book in the bible ends with an invitation to the wedding feast of the Lamb and his Bride, the church.
This is Wednesday. August 21st , and a Memorial of Pope Saint Pius X who, in the pre-Vatican II theology of about a hundred years ago, was revered for his allowing CHILDREN to receive Holy Communion. BEFORE his time, the GENERAL reception of Communion had fallen off, probably because of a misguided theology of unworthiness. The hope was that dutiful children would acquire the habit of relying on the Eucharist for their strength, helping them later on, when temptation to sin would become more pressing. How well THAT is working is a matter of debate.
St Bernard is another one of those powerhouses who will have read those stories himself and taken them to heart. He was one of seven, six boys and one girl. He was popular, handsome and the life of the party. To everyone’s amazement he told everyone one day that he had decided to join a religious order as a Monk.
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions." (Matthew 19: 21-22)
“…persevere in running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus…then you won’t get discouraged and give up.” (HEB 12: 1, 4 )
Children were brought to Jesus
that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
After he placed his hands on them, he went away." (Matthew 19: 13-15)
The first reading, from Joshua, is a wonderful RE-CAP of the whole saga going from ABRAHAM’S pagan father down SEVERAL hundred years, to this very day of proclamation by Joshua to all the Chosen People. And it’s all about God, not only being RESPONSIBLE for all the good times, but also being the CHEERLEADER for all those heroic feats. Hooray for God! It’s a real “count your blessings,” Thanksgiving in August.
“David commanded ….their kinsmen as chanters, to play on musical instruments, harps, lyres and cymbals, to make a loud sound of rejoicing.” (1 SM 16:1)
Today the Mass brings us another Saint none of us should forget. Raymund Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894. From his youth he had a strong attachment to the Blessed Mother and would eventually adopt her name when, in due course, he joined the Conventional Franciscans becoming Father Maximillian Maria Kolbe. He was sent to Rome for further studies where he earned two doctorates; one in theology and the other in philosophy.
"It is the LORD, your God, who will cross before you; he will destroy these nations before you, that you may supplant them." (Deuteronomy 31:3)
“Love and serve the Lord, your God, with ALL your heart and ALL your soul.” (Deuteronomy 10:12)
Today's gospel speaks of being ready, being ready for the lord just as the servant is waiting for the master to return home. I realize this sounds like strange a situation. .... most of us are not servants and really do not relate.... but I think we can relate to this....
“Blessed is the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.” (Ps 112)
Jesus asks the question: What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? (Matthew 16:26)
Pictures are good. Snap shots help us cherish events and places and people, and remember them years later.
I take pictures, and I also paint when I get the chance, so I’m always framing scenes in my imagination and sometimes with my hands.
Have you ever felt out of place.... have you ever realized that you did not belong where you were. in today's reading is the story of the Canaanite women who called out to Jesus...Lord , Son of David have pity on me"... you see this woman knew she was on outsider....and here she is asking a Jew to heal her daughter.