Sometimes we pretend to be disciples of Jesus and we think that it actually is good enough. But in the real world, we can’t rely on pretend doctors and lawyers or saviors to help us, we need the real thing.
If there were anyone that needs no prayer, who would it be? One might be inclined to say Pope Francis, but they would be wrong.
A couple of years ago when planning for the World Meeting of Families started we had no idea if Pope Francis would be able to attend. We could never have imagined what the events of this past week could have looked like or what the impact would be on the United States and the American Catholic Church. But something has happened here in the past 6 or 7 days that has changed the landscape of what and who we are as Catholics.
No cookie ever made me eat it. But I have chosen to eat many cookies. My will at times is just too weak to resist eating it. So, it actually is a good move to not have it in the pantry. There is no reason to unnecessarily tempt oneself.
Today, Jesus’ most prominent apostle journeys within the US and brings with him the Good News of Jesus Christ that has the power to transform those who have ears to listen. But, he also brings with him healing for a Church in need.
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I’ve always counseled my sons about the company they keep, that they should surround themselves with persons who encourage good behavior. It’s advice that pretty much every parent has offered at some point. But unfortunately it seems that Jesus doesn’t have our back on this sage parental advice.
It seems to be human nature to want to be first, the best, or the greatest. We think there is a great value to be on top. We are sure if we can be better than everyone else, the prize waiting for us will ultimately satisfy. Jesus’ disciples argued about which one of them was the greatest. Jesus explained to them that the greatest was the one who chose to be last by serving all.
Giving driving lessons is a lot like our relationship with God. When we trust in God we learn when to accelerate and when to slow down. Like driving, life has a way of bringing many things at us at one time.
This past weekend at the Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte, NC, thousands of Catholic marched through the streets and celebrated Jesus’ real presence in their midst and in their very souls.
We must never brush off the place we have in God’s plan. How will those we see in our everyday lives come to know the Lord and then find salvation?