by Rita Melgares, Notre Dame Associate
In this Sunday’s gospel (Mark 13: 24 – 32), Jesus speaks to us of the events which will signal the end of the world.
He does not say these things to frighten us, but rather to convince us of the need to be vigilant . . . to be prepared for the final judgment.
So then, let us not focus on the signs and the prophesy of the end of the world. Instead, let us lead a watchful life and be ready to welcome the ‘Son of Man’ . . . whenever he comes.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
Take comfort from these words and ask for the grace to lead a watchful life!
God will not abandon us. We have nothing to fear. God will be with us until the end of the world.
This we believe.
by Theresa Homan, Notre Dame Associate
A widow shared with Elijah her last handful of flour and bit of oil. -- All that she and her son had to live on. Another widow gave to the temple treasury two small coins. -- Her whole livelihood. Christ offered his life to take away our sins.
All three of the readings for this Sunday speak of extreme self-giving. How very appropriate on this day that we also remember our veterans. -- Those who have given their youth, their innocence, their limbs, their mental stability and, for some, their lives. Whether or not I believe that a war (or any war) is just, these women and men deserve tremendous respect and gratitude.
For what or to whom am I willing to give myself? There are so many situations and aspects of my life that I struggle with relinquishing to God. Giving all I have is hard, but with God all things are possible. Let us pray for that strength.
by Theresa Wiggs, Notre Dame Associate
As I read the scripture for this Sunday I am reminded of the beautiful simplicity of my faith. With all the worries and controversies in our politics and in the news, it is reassuring to hear the message from the Gospel. We are called to love the Lord with our whole heart and love our neighbor as ourselves. This message is simple, yet expansive. I am blessed because my faith guides me through any challenges life puts in my path.
October 28, 2018 by Juanita Harding, Notre Dame Associate
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark, 10:46-52
In today’s gospel the word “call” is used several times. The blind man, Bartimaeus, calls out to Jesus saying, “Jesus, son of David have pity on me.” The crowd tells the blind man to be silent, but he calls out all the more, “Jesus, son of David have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and chose to follow Jesus on the way.
I asked myself, do I listen for God’s call? I call on Him through prayer, prayers for guidance, for help in many ways. But, do I truly listen for His call to me? What is He calling me to do?
My prayer today is for Him to open my eyes to the needs of others, and to open my ears to His call to serve in all ways possible.
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45
This Sunday’s gospel is one of those gospels that turns life upside down. Here we have two apostles seeking the “prized places” in heaven for being faithful followers. That’s probably what most people would want—some fame, glory and honor for the good they’ve done. However, when engaging in conversation with Jesus, James and John find out that power, fame and glory are certainly not a concern with Jesus. Jesus’ life is about service and sacrificing one’s life for others. That must have certainly upset and jarred their view of following Jesus.
It seems the gospel call of this week challenges us to upset some of the values strongly promoted in our society – values such as having power or control, being the best or greatest, acquiring more and more wealth or influence. One may need to take time to examine these. Questions one might ponder:
Reflection for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time…October 14, 2018 by Kathy Schinker, Notre Dame Associate
What a rich selection of readings. First to seek and to be given wisdom reminds me of the Serenity Prayer asking for serenity in acceptance, courage, and wisdom.
In the second reading, it is very clear that we are “naked and exposed” to the eyes of God to whom we must render an account.
Then we are reminded in the gospel that choices have consequences. I don’t want to go “away” sad because I won’t share. We may not have material wealth but we are asked to give what we have. Was the rich man afraid of giving all his wealth away? Do I have the same fear? We are being invited by Jesus to deeply believe that “all things are possible for God”. I pray for the wisdom and generosity to be able to share all my “riches”, large or small with others in loving service.
by Cathy ( Notre Dame Associate) & Gary Leak
We all have the same origin … our Lord God. God created Adam then Eve because God knew that man was incomplete. Eve came from Adam showing us how close man and women should be. They are to cling to one another, be fruitful and multiply. Their children are gifts from God and from each other. God welcomed children into His arms and said that we all must walk in His ways and accept the Kingdom of God with the dependence and obedience on God as a child would.
To make all this possible God sent His only Son to us as an infant and then into adulthood in order to live a genuine human life like ours. He then experienced suffering and death for us so that we can achieve salvation and return to God. This is Jesus gift of salvation for us.
So how grateful or blessed are you for your life? Your spouse? Your children? Salvation?
We can achieve salvation by following His ways, and loving one another as He loves us.
The readings of this Sunday seem to speak to the challenging questions of “Who is Jesus, the Just One, for me? How do I truly develop and live Jesus’ values and approach to life? ”
The reading from Wisdom reminds us that the Just One will experience rejection, alienation and condemnation. Do I really want to experience rejection and condemnation for the call to work for justice and living Jesus’ beliefs in accepting and including the poor, alienated and forgotten?
In the gospel Jesus foretells the coming of his suffering and death. However, the apostles are more concerned about their status of greatness and oblivious to Jesus’ call to be a servant to others, to be like a child, vulnerable and dependent upon God, trusting God’s strengthening, loving care. In what ways am I called to be a loving servant to others, to stand up, speak out against injustices in our world which may cause some suffering and isolation in my own life?
The reading from the letter of James reminds us that in dealing with the tensions of life, we need the “wisdom from above that is peaceable, gentle, full of mercy and good fruits.” Do I sincerely live the virtues of peacefulness, gentleness, full of mercy and good fruits? What spirit and attitude do I bring to others each day?
We are invited to be God’s Just Ones, so desperately needed in our world today, bringing hope, peace, comfort, healing and justice to our hurting world. May we truly believe in the Spirit and power of God working in and through us. May we go forth with courage, wisdom and joy this coming week!
Reflection for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time...September 16, 2018 by Cindy Wenninghoff, Notre Dame Associate
“Who do you say that I am?” This week’s readings are taking us on another step in our journey of faith. In Isaiah it is our personal journey with God and accepting who He is. God has opened our ears to Him, heard our cries, and has asked us to express faith in our actions to others by loving one another. It will not be easy, there will be suffering for believing in Him and there will be sacrifice as we learn to love one another.
Then In the reading from James, as Jesus asks “Who do you say that I am”, our faith has revealed he is God. But then Peter in his concern, tells Jesus that he shouldn’t have to suffer so greatly in his faith. Jesus silences him quickly as we cannot lose our relationship with God – we must take up our cross and follow Him. The world wants to draw our focus to our own physical world and comforts. It cannot be – our walk is with the Lord, and He will pick us up when we fall, hear our prayers, take away our worries, give us joy in life, and free us from death.
by Linda Cernik, Notre Dame Associate
In Sunday's gospel, Jesus fulfills Isaiah's prophecy that the Messiah will make the deaf hear and the mute speak. Jesus really shows us that He is God in the flesh. Jesus put His finger into the deaf man's ears and spat on and touched the mute's tongue.
Our hope is that our eyes will be opened to the Word of God and our tongues sing His praises always.
"He has done all things well....."