One more day till my wife and kids get home from Oklahoma. I truly cannot wait; I miss them SOoooo much! Last night did not help either. The cats tore up a potted flower – twice, and then dumped their entire 2 pound box of food on the floor. All at seperate times. The dogs insisted on going out twice also, and of course, not at the times I was up cleaning up cat damage. I wonder why I feel a little crabby today. I need your prayers, and a nap!
Today’s reflection is Jesus’ return to his homeland, after being chased away.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
You give little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. — Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet
After the two days, he left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast. (NAB Jn 4:43-45)
“No prophet is acceptable in his village; no physician heals those who know him.” Jesus fled His homeland out of fear of death once before. He is now returning to His homeland again. Is He a glutton for punishment? Does He like to stir the pot?
Jesus is on a mission. His place on earth is not for Himself. It is for the work of God. I believe He knew what He was doing, and knew what had to be done before He returned to His heavenly Father.
Not only was He chased out of this place; His place of birth, but Jesus also performed miracles in this place. Prior to this gospel reading, Jesus performed His first miracle here in Cana, when He made wine out of water at a wedding feast. In the very next verses, Jesus will cure the Roman soldier’s child.
This first sentence of my reflection is ironic on both parts. Jesus returns to a home town that, for the most part, does not accept Him; and He heals those that know of His abilities. Jesus expects us to do the same as him: to accept those that may offend us, and to help those that we are repulsed by.
St. Francis of Assisi was repulsed by the person with skin disease. In his conversion, he not only gave away all he had, including the clothes he wore, to the poor; he also hugged and kissed the leper, treated and bandaged their wounds, and fed them. St. Francis was jeered and laughed at by his hometown people, and even his own family. He also became one of our best examples of how to live in Jesus’ footsteps.
In closing, can we do as Jesus and St. Francis have done? I believe we need to at least try, to our best capabilities. That is all that God is asking for us.
“Lord, help me to walk in your footsteps, and carry me when I am unable. Amen.”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Catholic Saint of the Day: St. Louise de Marillac
Louise de Marillac was born probably at Ferrieres-en-Brie near Meux, France, on August 12, 1591. She was educated by the Dominican nuns at Poissy. She desired to become a nun but on the advice of her confessor, she married Antony LeGras, an official in the Queen’s service, in 1613. After Antony’s death in 1625, she met St. Vincent de Paul, who became her spiritual adviser. She devoted the rest of her life to working with him. She helped direct his Ladies of Charity in their work of caring for the sick, the poor, and the neglected. In 1633 she set up a training center, of which she was Directress in her own home, for candidates seeking to help in her work. This was the beginning of the Sisters (or Daughters, as Vincent preferred) of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (though it was not formally approved until 1655). She took her vows in 1634 and attracted great numbers of candidates. She wrote a rule for the community, and in 1642, Vincent allowed four of the members to take vows. Formal approval placed the community under Vincent and his Congregation of the Missions, with Louise as Superior. She traveled all over France establishing her Sisters in hospitals, orphanages, and other institutions. By the time of her death in Paris on March 15, the Congregation had more than forty houses in France. Since then they have spread all over the world. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934, and was declared Patroness of Social Workers by Pope John XXIII in 1960. Her feast day is March 15th.
(From http://www.catholic.org/saints/ website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #15:
Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith.