by Sr. Barbara Markey, ND
We are a pretty simple people. Jesus knew that when he gave us this Sunday's message: "Whatever you did for one of the least sisters or brothers of mine, you did for me."
We want to be people of God. We want our ordinary, daily output to model what Jesus called us to be. Sometimes, however, we forget that and just carry on as though we had never heard of Jesus and the simple message he gave to us. Or, sometimes we get so annoyed at life or the people around us that we give them what we think they deserve and let the chips fall where they may.
Maybe, if we started our morning with a prayer that we would treat people we encountered that day with the respect we would give Jesus, we would be more pleased with how we handled that day. I don't mean that we would see the face of Jesus in each person (I just don't know how to do that) but we remembered that whatever respect we gave to anyone or everyone was what Jesus asked us to do. And who knows, we might even see some sign of Jesus in them.
by Juanita Harding, Notre Dame Associate
A reading from the Gospel of Matthew 25:14-30.
Today’s Gospel is the parable of the man going on a journey and entrusting his possessions to his servants. The master has the expectation that the servants will invest his talents wisely.
God has entrusted each of us with many gifts. He expects us to use these gifts to help each other spread the Word of God to the world, and to help each other reach His eternal Kingdom.
First we need to identify our own gifts and then recognize the gifts of others. Working together we can embrace this huge responsibility we have been given.
This beautiful world we live in is so diverse, and full of our brothers and sisters who hunger for what we already have in our faith. We are apostles of the Lord!
It isn’t an easy road to travel. Are we up to the challenge?
We must not be hesitant or afraid! GOD IS WITH US.
While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
By Lola Rone, Notre Dame Associate
With Mary’s consent the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and she conceived.
Now nothing is impossible for God, so from Mary’s one cell seed and the one cell from the Holy Spirit combined to form the very beginning of the child who would grow into the full blown body of the man Jesus Christ!
Now those two seeds began to divide and grow, and form all the necessary parts of a full formed human being, Head, heart, lungs, hands, feet, all parts necessary including the bones and blood. Now the body needs nourishment to grow, so there is a multifunction mouth, to eat and communicate, there is also a brain in the head that pretty much energizes and controls all the body parts.
Now what would happen if some of the food taken in for nourishment was found to be useless and even toxic? Why it would need to be eliminated wouldn’t it? Therefore there needs to be a stomach and intestines to aid in the process of nourishment and elimination, yes? That is why we have kidneys, liver, pancreas and oh so many other parts that are very important, otherwise the body becomes sick, and weak and could eventually die!
No way!! You say?
Think about it and see if there is any reason that the liver should tell the heart or the head “I don’t need you” or the hand to tell the mouth “I don’t need you” and to top that all off where would the whole body be with out the bones and the marrow to make the blood?
Gotta have the heart to pump that blood all around the body to feed, energize and heal!!
WOW isn’t the body amazing?
And how wonderful when the body is healthy and strong!!!
So Church, what do you think?
Is there any part of the body any less important than the other?
Or are we better embracing all parts of the body, and be one even as Jesus is one with the Father and prays for us all to be one with Him
Wouldn’t that be a POWERFUL CHURCH ?
Another thought…what about the blood?
My thought is that all of us who are serving in this body, are the blood
"There Is Power In The Blood"
Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There's power in the blood.
Would you o'er evil a victory win?
There's wonderful power in the blood
There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the blood of the Lamb
There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb
Just saying :)