Pray for your priests. It is a beautiful life. It is a sacrifice worth making. But know as surely that I need your prayers as you are guaranteed mine. And that together, we stand as a sign for each other. To direct our thoughts and our works toward those of God and His will, toward that reward in His grace, which this world cannot give.
Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Gospel: Mt 18:15-20.
…we’re made for others. We’re made for the sake of others and the deepest and most important callings in life are about how we recognize – how we acknowledge – that truth of who we are before God and how we live it out. Whether in marriage, or priesthood, or religious vocation, our lives are meant to be built around that fact that I was born to be given and to receive the gift and the blessing of others and the whole of the world and society is built on this.
God is the Lord of history. And so, as we renew our heartfelt commitment to be His co-workers, to be responsible co-workers, this means – and includes – defending what belongs to God which is our inheritance as His children, whenever Caesar wants to take that over.
I apologize for this being late. This was recorded May 11th during the Extraordinary Form.
… the challenge in our day (because we too, in a certain equivocal sense) are also to be apostles. Apostles of Christ spreading the Good News in our own particular way, through our own particular vocation. That the challenges that we face in doing that are really not that much unlike what the apostles faced. Times have changed, technology has changed, but human nature remains the same. So on this day, when we celebrate Easter, when we celebrate the memory of the holy apostles Philip and James. Let us ask them with all confidence to renew within us, through the resurrection the grace to remain faithful to Christ, who is our Lord and Savior.
In order to discern the voice of Jesus, we need to spend time with Him. We need too, to follow that image, we need to have our legs broken, so we can’t get away from Him for a while. One of the ways we can do that, to take the initiative, is something that we all know – to spend some time each and every day with the Lord in prayer. Maybe not formal prayer, but prayer none the less – conversation with God, by reading, by reflecting, by spending time with the Shepherd of our souls. And by doing that intentionally, deliberately, and repeatedly, we give Him the chance to truly become our Good Shepherd. And when we do that, when we begin to learn the sound of His voice then we can truly say with David in today’s Psalm (Ps 23), “The Lord is my shepherd” the great comfort is that truly there is nothing that we shall want.
And all the little reminders … the light of Christ, the image of sacrifice, should help us to remember throughout the year … that we too, in our own unique way through our unique vocations, are also called to be the light of Christ to the world.
God has chosen to administer Christ’s salvation through the action of the Church, not merely through the ordained, but through each one of the baptized. We are integral members of the Body of Christ – the Church. And He guarantees us the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And so every Christian is part of this Body, is called to carry out a particular and unrepeatable role in the plan of salvation, just like Mary and Joseph in today’s Gospel.
As St. Augustine put it: God created us without us, but He did not will to save us without us.