Wednesday, January 18, 2017

You and I are the bread of life (Rory Cooney)

  I myself am the bread of life 
You and I are the bread of life 
Taken and blessed, broken and shared by Christ 
That the world might live 
This bread is spirit, gift of the Maker’s love, 
and we who share it know that we can be one: 
a living sign of God in Christ. 
Here is God’s kingdom, given to us as food. 
This is our body, this is our blood: 
a living sign of God in Christ. 
Lives broken open, stories shared aloud, 
become a banquet, a shelter for the world: 
a living sign of God in Christ. 

To listen to this song by Rory Cooney, click on the video below.
To purchase the album on which this song is found, click here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Together we reveal the face of God (Henri Nouwen)

   A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones.  Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.
   This is what life in our community is about.  Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world.  Nobody can say: I make God visible.  But others who see us together can say:  They make God visible. Community is where humility and glory touch.
--Henri Nouwen

Monday, January 16, 2017

Only Love (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

 Darkness cannot drive out darkness; 
only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; 
 only love can do that. 
 --Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Being the Body of Christ (Br. Charles de Foucauld)

  In order to save us, God came to us and lived among us, from the Annunciation to the Ascension, in a close and familiar way.  God continues to come to us and to live with us in that close and familiar way, each day and at every hour, in the holy Eucharist.  So we too must go and live among our brothers and sisters in a close and familiar way. 
 --Br. Charles de Foucauld 
 Image source :  Pope Francis hosts lunch for Syrian refugees

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sunday Gospel Reflection, January 15, 2017: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory...

Are you a vehicle for God’s glory?

   When, in John’s Gospel, John the Baptist cries, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, he is serving as God’s messenger, giving voice to the revelation that is Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God.  As a prophet, John the Baptist has been attentive to hearing God, his ears open to obedience, as Psalm 40 suggests; it is to John that God has revealed his glory – I have seen and testified, John states.  John is thus fulfilling the duty set out by the prophet Isaiah:  You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory… I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. 

   In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul recognizes a similar vocation:  he is called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.  God works through Paul as he worked through John the Baptist; Paul is another light to the nations, bringing the good news of salvation to all.  But Paul takes this message one step farther:  he reminds the Corinthians that they have been sanctified in Christ; baptized in him, they are called to be united in him, to find common ground in Christ Jesus.  And therefore, like it or not, they are meant to manifest the Body of Christ in the world.  In other words, they are to reveal God’s presence on earth in all that they do and all that they are.  

   Truth be told, we are called to do no less:  we must remain open to the God’s Word, allowing God to work in us, embracing our own role as messenger, and serving as a vehicle for the revelation of Christ in the world.

How might you reveal the glory of God to the world today?

This post is based on Fr. Pat’s Scripture class.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Follow the light (J.R.R. Tolkien)

          No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly. 

 --J.R.R. Tolkien,  
Letter to Edith, 
J.R.R. Tolkien,  
A Biography (1977

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