We should be very proud of our Olympians. Every one, from every country showed the professionalism and sportsmanship our youth should use as role models. That hockey game was the best game I believe I have ever watched.
Today’s relection is about how we judge others, and why we should be careful in doing so. As Jesus’ said (sort of – editorial license), “Don’t talk about the splinter in one’s eye without examining the telephone pole in your own eye!”
Quote or Joke of the Day:
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” (NAB Lk 6:36-38)
This gospel reading is not a prohibition against recognizing the faults of others, but against passing judgment in a spirit of arrogance, and forgetful of one’s own faults. We all have faults (yes, even me – but don’t tell my wife and children!) that we would love to get rid of, if easily possible. Maybe it’s a physical problem. It might be a mental disorder; or it could be a lack of interpersonal or relationship skills.
Once we recognize that our faults make us equal to all humans, and no better or worse; we can see ALL people as equals in our eyes. As Jesus stood up for the needy in the world so should we, sinners and disciples of Christ, stand up for the poor of society.
As is written in the greatest prayer ever created, the “Our Father,” we need to pardon our debtors, and then we will be pardoned. By the simple act of saying “I’m sorry” or “that’s OK,” we gain a step up into the kingdom of heaven, and eternal bliss with our loved ones.
The image of one’s lap not being able to hold the gifts of God, illuminates His superabundant response to our sharing of time, talent, and treasures. The gifts from God are called “grace.” These gifts can range from wisdom, discernment, patience, and even evangelization.
I recently saw a movie titled “Yes Man,” starring Jim Carrey. The premise of the movie is that saying yes to any and all opportunities will be rewarded. I highly recommend the movie for all to watch; even though a few possible objectionable scenes are in the movie that young ones may not want to be exposed too.
While watching the above movie, keep in mind this gospel reading from today’s Mass. Just by saying “yes” to God, at every opportunity He offers, we will gain so much in reward; possibly on this earth, but definitely in heaven.
“Lord, open my eyes, and allow me to accept your gifts. Please help me share all the gifts I have, in your name. Amen.”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Catholic Saint of the Day: St. David
According to tradition, St. David was the son of King Sant of South Wales and St. Non. He was ordained a priest and later studied under St. Paulinus. Later, he was involved in missionary work and founded a number of monasteries. The monastery he founded at Menevia in Southwestern Wales was noted for extreme asceticism. David and his monks drank neither wine nor beer – only water – while putting in a full day of heavy manual labor and intense study. Around the year 550, David attended a synod at Brevi in Cardiganshire. His contributions at the synod are said to have been the major cause for his election as primate of the Cambrian Church. He was reportedly consecrated archbishop by the patriarch of Jerusalem while on a visit to the Holy Land. He also is said to have invoked a council that ended the last vestiges of Pelagianism. David died at his monastery in Menevia around the year 589, and his cult was approved in 1120 by Pope Callistus II. He is revered as the patron of Wales. Undoubtedly, St. David was endowed with substantial qualities of spiritual leadership. What is more, many monasteries flourished as a result of his leadership and good example. His staunch adherence to monastic piety bespeaks a fine example for modern Christians seeking order and form in their prayer life.His feast day is March 1.
(From http://www.catholic.org/saints/ website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #1:
The Franciscan family, as one among many spiritual families raised up by the Holy Spirit in the Church, unites all members of the people of God — laity, religious, and priests – who recognize that they are called to follow Christ in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi.
In various ways and forms but in life-giving union with each other, they intend to make present the charism of their common Seraphic Father in the life and mission of the Church.