Monday, March 12, 2018

You know the internet can be a great thing to have.  I went to bed early last night wanting to wake up refreshed (after having a long week at work last week wrestling a lot of stressful issues).  My goal was to wake up with early this morning, write something beautiful for this blog that would bring bring tears to everyone’s eyes and all those waffling in their faith back to the Church.  The little black book I’ve been reading faithfully everyday talked about a Brazilian Archbishop (Dom Helder Camara) and how he lived his life dedicated to the poor and how he fought the establishment in Brazil.   Then I moved onto my RISE challenge which talked about doing the mundane things at work, the small tasks that you’ll never be recognized for, with the same vim and vigor as the tasks that get you recognized and promoted because it is just as important to the small and unrewarding tasks as it is to do the “glory” tasks.  After some reflection on that, I read today’s readings and Bishop Barron’s reflection on the Gospel:

Friends, our Gospel today tells of Jesus healing a royal official’s son. The official asked him to heal his son, who was near death. Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” But the royal official persisted. And Jesus told him his son would live. The man believed Jesus, and his son recovered.

Theologian Paul Tillich said that “faith” is the most misunderstood word in the religious vocabulary. And this is a tragedy, for faith stands at the very heart of the program; it is the sine qua non of the Christian thing. What is it? The opening line of Hebrews 11 has the right definition: “Faith is confident assurance concerning what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see.”

Faith is a straining ahead toward those things that are, at best, dimly glimpsed. But notice, please, that it is not a craven, hand-wringing, unsure business. It is “confident” and full of “conviction.” Think of the great figures of faith, from Abraham to John Paul II: they are anything but shaky, indefinite, questioning people. Like the royal official, they are clear, focused, assured.

Having done all that, I sat down here to write to all you and was staring at a blank screen.  I couldn’t come up with anything to write, which leads back to my first statement, the internet can be a great thing to have for my use.  I was able to cut and paste Bishop Barron’s reflection, I was able to link you to the readings for the day and I am also going to link you to a few other reflections…one on yesterday’s Gospel and another for today.  Having done all of that, I realized that I don’t always have to be the one pointing you in the right direction, God has given us many ways to find Him daily.  Sometimes, my purpose in life might just be doing the “mundane” tasks of copying and pasting these reflections and have “faith” that God’s work will be done for you through them.  So take some time today listening to other’s thoughts on the Gospel and as always, do something great (or even mundane) for the Lord today.

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