Stop Looking Over My Shoulder; I’m Doing the Job!” – Mt 28:19-20


It is another beautifully NON-Sunny day in Hazelwood, MO.  My Nieces Nephew graduates from Basic training this weekend.  Let’s pray from a break in the weather in Oklahoma, so that he has a great experience, and for the safety of all the soldiers families.

  

This reflection is about we are to do as Christians, and what the church is for Catholics.

Bible Study

 

Quote or Joke of the Day:

  

I don’t care WHO you are, quit walking on the water while I’m fishing!

  

Today’s Meditation:

  

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  (NAB Mt 28:19-20)

  

The Risen Jesus gives the eleven apostles a special, and universal mission.  They are to make disciples of all nations.  Sounds like an easy job; doesn’t it?  While “all nations” is probably referring more to the Gentiles, but it probably included their Jewish society as well.  

Baptism is the means of entrance into the community of the Jesus, “the Church.”  “In the name of the Father . . . Holy Spirit” is perhaps the clearest expression in the New Testament of our trinitarian belief.  It designates the effect of baptism; the union of the one baptized with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the way of gaining entrance into paradise, and also ends death of the soul. 

All that I have commanded you is a moral teaching found of this gospel verse.  It is the same words as that used at the Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5-7).  The commandments of Jesus are the standard of Christian conduct, but not Mosaic law, even though some of the Mosaic commandments have now been invested with the authority and word of Jesus.  “Behold, I am with you always” is a promise of Jesus’ real, though invisible presence, and echoes the prophetic name given to Jesus at His birth; “Emmanuel” meaning ‘God is with us.’ 

These two simple verses say a lot.  It gives a command.  It gives us hope.  And it gives a promise of eternal life with the Trinity, in heaven. 

“Lord, be with me as I evangelize in my words and actions throughout my normal days activities.  May the Holy Spirit be in my words when confronted with the opportunity to talk about your love for us all, regardless of who we are, or how bad we have been.  Gives us all the hope of eternal pleasure with you in heaven, and may we never forget you are always with us in the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

  

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO

  

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Franciscan Saint of the Day:  Bl. Roger of Todi

  

Died at Todi, Italy, in 1237; cultus confirmed by Pope Benedict XIV. Blessed Roger was one of the early Franciscans who was admitted to the order by the founder himself. St. Francis appointed him spiritual director of the convent of Poor Clares at Rieti. 

 (From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)

 

Prologue to Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule, Chapter 1:

    

… Oh, how glorious it is to have a great and Holy Father in heaven! Oh, how glorious it is to have such a beautiful and admirable Spouse, the Holy Paraclete.   

Oh, how glorious it is to have such a Brother and such a Son, loved, beloved, humble, peaceful, sweet, lovable, and desirable above all: Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave up his life for his sheep (cf. Jn 10:15) and prayed to the Father saying: …   

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