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Joseph’s attention to the Lord

Reflection:

Many of the early events in the gospels illustrate Joseph’s keen ability to hear the voice of God and respond accordingly. Whether it be listening to the angel of the Lord in a dream and deciding to take Mary into his home or fleeing to Egypt with his family even though Egypt was not a popular place for Israelites given their historical exodus. With the countless demands on a fathers time these stories regarding St Joseph re-emphasize the importance of not simply allowing the daily tasks that are the more vocal and demanding from taking up the entire day. Spending time in prayer and seeking to grow in wisdom and prudence can be the most essential elements for fatherhood even though responsibilities exist such as playing with the children, assisting them with homework, and listening to the wife share the events of her day. St Joseph grant us the wisdom necessary to properly plan out our daily schedules.

Reading (Matthew 2: 13 – 18):

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.

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December 28, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Fr Ed Stewardship Message

A Disciple’s Response: Stewardship  {#4}

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_______What do you have that you didn’t receive as a gift?  I Cor. 4:7_____

 

In the last news letter the significance of our time was raised.  How are we stewards of our time in a way that serves the Kingdom well?  Pretty much every day most of us have more to do than we are able to do.  Given that reality, we are often ‘railroaded’ by the things that are the most demanding or the most vocal, but not always the most important.  Key to having our stewardship of time be done well is to set priorities that actually reflect our values as sons and daughters of God.  The more clearly we set and maintain those priorities, the greater the likelihood that when faced with choices of how to spend our time, we will make the right ones.

The first priority in our lives is always our relationship with the Lord Jesus. For that relationship to work we must pray.  Prayer takes time. The highest priority for our time needs to be the time we spend with the Lord Jesus in prayer.  Having said that, it is probably all of our experiences that, while prayer is the most important need in our life, it is also the least ‘demanding’: family, work, school, many other needs demand our attention far more vocally than does our prayer life.   Knowing that, we need to take special care to set aside time for it.  Fr. Michael Scanlon wrote a book called Appointment with God in which he recommends sitting down and scheduling in appointments with the Lord Jesus, just as we would any other appointment, and then sticking to it, just as we would any other scheduled meeting with someone of great importance in our lives.  The Scriptures clearly favor an early prayer time.  It has two great advantages.  First, it is not a time that is as likely to be interrupted by other events; second, if we begin the day anchored in prayer, it will tend to keep our whole day more focused on the Lord Jesus.  This will require a certain amount of self-discipline, e.g. getting to bed on time so that we are actually conscious for our prayer time in the morning.  This can present a significant challenge, but the results are worth the effort: a deeper relationship with the Lord Jesus!

December 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Greatness of the Lord

Reflection:

How is the greatness of the Lord proclaimed these days? It seems like bad news sweep our society into a constant state of fear, unfaithfulness, and sadness especially when we hear of loved ones battling diseases/cancers, marriages crumbling from divorce and just bad things happening to those we care about. Practically speaking there are many things that bring about sadness. However, mankind is still God’s greatest creation and He relies on us to let His greatness be made known. If we fail to proclaim the greatness of the Lord our fellow brothers and sisters won’t know since God doesn’t rely on his other creation such as the ants, prairie dogs, etc. The Lord has truly set us free by His death and resurrection and we have the great ability to walk in the footsteps of Mary in rejoicing in God! Many times saints are portrayed as dull and boring individuals who lack the joy of the Lord and don’t seem to be proclaiming much besides solitude and boringness. However, Pope Benedict reminds us “where humor is absent so to absent is the spirit of God.” Just like the Lord found great favor on Mary to be the mother of our Lord, the Lord truly desires to use us to spread His joy, humor, and greatness since we receive the Body and Blood of the Lord at mass.

Reading:

Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment