Pastor’s Reflection for August 14, 2016
Over the past weeks, the Gospels asked “How are we living our lives?” The man who had a good harvest hoarded his blessings and did not share his bounty. He placed his security on his possessions and lived his life eating, drinking and being merry. He didn’t realize that his life was coming to an end. He did not live his life planning for eternity.
In another parable, we find the servants not doing their work for they were not expecting a quick return from a wedding by their master. When he did return, they got a severe beating. The servants who were ready were served a feast by their master. Am I attentive to my work as a follower of Jesus? Am I growing spiritually, sharing my gifts and talents and sharing the good news of our salvation?
The Summer Olympics have begun. The Olympic athletes are good examples of sacrifice, discipline, and hard work. They train hours a day, all in order to compete for a gold medal. They put to shame all of us who say we have no time to build up our spiritual life with the hope of winning the crown of eternal life. We find no time to pray, read the Scriptures or attend Sunday Mass. We forget that we are deciding our eternal life by how we live our lives today. Caring for our souls must be our priority. We must not allow this world to distract us from the basic purpose of why we exist, to be friends with God and to have a relationship with Him. Religion is not a bunch of laws, regulations and doctrine. They have their place but religion is how we nourish our relationship with God.
I encourage you to spend at least 10–15 minutes a day in prayer, praising God, asking for mercy for the times we were unloving, thanking Him for one’s blessings and asking for what you need. Read a little from the Bible and worship each week. Take advantage of any adult faith formation programs. Share your gifts and talents and serve the needs of others. Keep your eyes on Jesus and prepare for the eternal life awaiting you in the kingdom of heaven.
This Monday we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. It is our belief that since Mary was immaculate from the moment of her conception, her body did not undergo decay but shares in the fullness of the redemption won for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus. She was assumed body and soul into heaven. For us our bodies will be reunited with our souls at the end of time. The Feast of the Assumption is a holy day but this year it is not one of obligation since it falls on a Monday (I’m still trying to figure this one out). You are still encouraged to attend morning Mass to celebrate this great feast of Mary.
I will be available for confessions this week on Tuesday, August 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,