As Christians we are involved in a movement, the “faith movement.” As members of that movement we share common convictions and beliefs. But faith cannot be only a matter of holding certain beliefs and convictions. Faith has to lead us to action; it has to motivate us to “move.”
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What shall I do? That is the key question. How we answer that question determines how we live our lives. It determines how we relate to people and how people see us. It determines our happiness in this life and in the life to come. The wise person knows that “What shall I do? is the wrong question to ask. The right question is, “What would God have me do?”
Children expect their parents to keep any promise they make, and so do adults. While we may be confused when our prayers are not answered the way we want, and when we want, God gives us what is most critical.
If we truly appreciated the gift of Holy Spirit, none of would ever complain to God about our unanswered requests. We would never say, “But you promised!”
Most of our to-do lists are filled with too many tasks, obligations, and responsibilities. Jesus might tell us what he told Martha, “You are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.”
That one thing that should be first on our list of tasks is to listen to the Lord.
If we are to follow the example of the Good Samaritan, perhaps the first thing we need to do is to deepen our sense of compassion for those suffering. We need to recognize our obligation to the members of our human family. Such compassion will lead us to go toward our neighbor in need.
In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus gives a series of instructions to the 72 people that he sends to the places he intends to visit. He gives them specific directions.But they are not just for the 72, but also for each one of us. Tell people, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” That is an instruction that demands our attention!
We Christians need to take a lesson from Home Shopping Network. Before people decide to buy anything, they first need to be convinced it will benefit their lives, only then will they be ready to pay the price.
We all have times in our lives when we feel we are wandering through a desert, when we feel we are in a deserted place even when surrounded by people. At those times, more than ever, we need the strength and encouragement the Lord offers us in his life-giving word and in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. The Lord who compassionately cared for the crowd of thousands is ready to care for us. When Jesus is in our lives, none of us is ever completely alone in a deserted place.
No one wants to be utterly alone, in solitary aloneness, not even God! The One God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three Divine Persons in an eternal community of love.
Because of the Annunciation, Christ the Savior was born. Because of Pentecost, the Church was born. While we might not readily associate “annunciation” with “Pentecost,” there is a connection. Recognizing that association will help us to better appreciate what we celebrate this Sunday and better appreciate the importance of our responding to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
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