“There are so many things to do.” “We have so little time.” How many variations of these statements have you heard or even said yourself?
Actually neither statement is completely true. There are many things to do in this life, but really few things that are vitally important. Working, searching, conniving, and worrying our way to “gratify[ing] the desires of the flesh,” as Paul relates in today’s second reading, are really non productive. So little time? When we take on the freedom that Christ offers us, we have all the time we need in this world, and even more in the next.
Elisha, the prophet Elijah’s chosen servant, was slightly befuddled about what he should do. When Elijah called, he returned to bid farewell to his parents and provide food for his people. Only then did he follow.
Jesus demands something different, something more of his disciples. He calls us to a single-minded determination to drop everything and follow him. Now, not later.
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“Hay tantas cosas que hacer”. “Tenemos tan poco tiempo”. ¿Cuántas variantes de estas afirmaciones has oído o incluso dicho tú mismo?
En realidad, ninguna de las dos es comple- tamente verdadera. Hay muchas cosas que hacer en esta vida, pero realmente pocas cosas que son de vital importancia. Esforzarse, buscar, actuar en convi- vencia y preocuparse en pos del “desorden egoísta del hombre”, como nos dice san Pablo en la segunda lectura de hoy, no es en absoluto productivo. ¿Tan poco tiempo? Cuando tomamos la libertad que Cristo nos ofrece, tenemos todo el tiempo que nece- sitamos en este mundo y aún más en el que sigue.
Eliseo, el sirviente elegido del profeta Elías, estaba un tanto aturdido sin saber qué debía hacer. Cuando Elías lo llamó, regresó a despedirse de sus padres y a darle comida a su gente. Sólo después lo siguió.
Jesús nos pide algo diferente, algo digno de sus discípulos. Nos pide una determinación absoluta para dejar todo y seguirlo.
Ahora, no después.
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Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Peter’s Pence Collection: Be a Witness of Charity!
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has called each of us to be a witness of charity. He encourages us to "open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!" (Misericordiae Vultus [MV], no. 15). The Peter's Pence Collection unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your generosity allows the Pope to respond to our suffering brothers and sisters.
The Peter’s Pence Collection derives its name from an ancient custom. In ninth-century England, King Alfred the Great collected money, a “pence”, from landowners as financial support for the Pope. Today, the Peter’s Pence Collection supports the Pope’s philanthropy by giving the Holy Father the means to provide emergency assistance to those in need because of natural disaster, war, oppression, and disease. (USCCB)
This weekend our Diocese will take up the Peter’s Pence Collection, which provides Pope Francis with the funds he needs to carry out his charitable works around the world. The proceeds benefit our brothers and sisters on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Join our Holy father as a witness of charity to those who are suffering.
Fr. Manny Ediza & Fr. Bernard Ranoa
"Charity is infectious, it excites, it risks and it engages!
For true charity is always unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous!"
−Pope Francis, Homily, February 15, 2015