Today’s gospel is a difficult one – Jesus tells us we must commit to him beyond our commitment to our families. Fr. Louis explained for the Jews of his time, this was a particularly disturbing message because of their strong family structures. But Jesus knows the human heart and he knows the frailties of human relationships. What he is saying is that love of Christ must be primary and when it is, our lives are properly ordered.
Eleanor Stump uses the example of Thomas More to illustrate this point on the St. Louis University site. She points out “More saw that Henry’s passion for Anne was moving Henry to betray his wife and bring scandal on the Church. And More wouldn’t support him. He wouldn’t sign the Oath. ” She summarizes
“Because he maintained his integrity and did not let Henry push him into evil, More was true to the Lord he loved and to himself. He could not have loved himself or his wife or his children or his neighbors better than he did. “
Fr. Luis also celebrated today’s canonization of Mother Theresa, now St. Theresa of Kokata, by reading her famous prayer:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Thank you Fr. Luis for teaching us to understand today’s gospel.
Today the Guild members received these darling thank you notes from the Cissell family children. The cards are made from rubbings of their grandmother’s leaves in her flower garden – the source of our beautiful Sunday altar bouquets, and the children had a wonderful time making them. We just loved receiving the cards and thank the Cissells and grandmother Sue Poirier.
Thank you to Guild President Fran Korn who made olive and egg sandwiches – a retro dish from the 1950s that many of us remember fondly!
It has been our pleasure to serve the parish all summer and we have especially enjoyed making treats for the children who are such a blessing to our parish.
We also would like to thank the person who left the lovely breakfast cakes at St. Hubert’s Hall earlier in the morning. They were scooped up and enjoyed by our parishioners. Thank you so much for participating, it is wonderful to have new people and new recipes!
Blessings to all, have a wonderful week.