Here is the summary of the first talk on Monday night. Hopefully, it gives you an idea how the week went during the “Clergy Week.”
In our lives, we wish people well often. “Have a nice day, be well, get well soon, God bless you” are all phrases that are spoken often to others. As disciples of Jesus, we don’t wish people well, we desire the best for others. The best does not mean the best things. We wish others the best as in wisdom….having a sense of what to do. The best as enlightenment, understanding, graciousness, refuge, patience, kindness and love. Things that we can see, touch and feel are easier access. Things of the heart and the soul are most difficult to access….and they are the most enduring.
When we think of our disposition towards others, often we think in terms of doing no harm. That is fine, but it is not complete. We also need to desire the best for others. This is what Jesus did. The beatitudes…. Piles and piles of happiness be upon you ….that’s what it really meant by being blessed. The blessings of the beatitudes are not cause and effect. They are Jesus saying I desire for your happiness in the midst of your poverty, meekness, insults, and thirst for holiness.
The best has to do with being in communion with the rest of humanity in their poverty, in tears and joys. Wanting the best requires a poverty of spirit that knows where we are lacking in order not to get overly confident in our self -sufficiency and therefore arrogant in our attitudes. Our call is not only to desire the best for each other, but also to be agents of the best for each other. As we want warmth, light, understanding, graciousness, love for somebody, we are called to BE that for each other. We take what we desire for others and become that for others. Pope Francis said, “Our commitment (to the poor) does not consist exclusively in activities or programs of promotion and assistance; what the Holy Spirit mobilizes is not an unruly activism ,but above all an attentiveness which considers the other in a certain sense as one with ourselves.
This loving attentiveness is the beginning of a true concern for their person which inspires me effectively to seek their good.” (The Joy of the Gospel #199) That’s what Mary did….the visitation …she not only wanted the best for her cousin Elizabeth…. As in strength, calm…she sought her good…. She wanted to be strength and calmness so she “went in haste” No one will ever know where Mary had to travel to get to her cousin, to get to her ‘yes’ to the angel. This is true of ourselves too…nobody will ever know where we really have had to travel in our lives to get where we are, we don’t know where the whole story of where each of us have travelled. Pope Francis in his book says, “One who accompanies others has to realize that each person’s situation before God and their life in grace are mysteries which no one can fully know from without.” (The Joy of the Gospel #172) How is it for you to think of yourself as an “Agent of the best “for others?
At this time, for whom is it difficult for you to desire the best?
Peace and Blessings!
LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
June 21, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Who then is this whom even the wind and sea obey?”
It has been just over one year since I lost my precious father but it seems like yesterday. Today we celebrate Father’s Day, a day in which we honor our earthly fathers, living and deceased, and we thank God for their presence and gift in our lives.
Today, we hear God speak to Job about his power over the sea and all creation, and in our Gospel today Jesus calms the violent storm with just three words, “Quiet! Be still!” God the Father has traditionally been referred to as the creator, but since Jesus and the Father are one, so, too, Jesus was present at the beginning of the world. Jesus has power over all creation, revealing His divinity little by little to his disciples by his words and deeds.
Our gathering song today, “This is My Father’s World” speaks of God’s majesty, might, and power over all He has made. It is truly fitting that on this day, Father’s Day, we honor God our heavenly Father in a special way.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: This is My Father’s World (ss)
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 107: Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
Preparation of Gifts: This Alone # 403
Communion: So Beautiful
So beautiful, so wonderful, so beautiful your sacrifice.
Recessional: Lay Down That Spirit (ss