<TW>Weekend of 12 and 13 January 2008
- From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 13:30:19 -0600
.=: T H I S W E E K E N D :=. from Father Pat Umberger ___________________________________________________ G O I N G T O G U A D A L U P E I'll be in Mexico City from 07-18 January. Keep me in your prayers, and know you'll be remembered in mine as well. If you'd like to have your intentions remembered at Guadalupe, daily Mass and during visits to the many Churches of Mexico City, just follow the link from my Web Site to submit your intentions: www.frpat.com ___________________________________________________ .=: V O L U M E 2 0 0 8 , Number 01-13 :=. .=: T H I S W E E K E N D ' S S C R I P T U R E S :=. The Baptism of the Lord, Year A. Weekend of 12 and 13 January 2007 Follow this link for this weekend's Scriptures: www.nccbuscc.org/nab/ .=: R E F L E C T I O N Q U E S T I O N S :=. "Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching." Who is this servant Isaiah speaks about? Jesus wasn't heard of yet! How does Jesus fit this description? Is Jesus that gentle? That strong? "The Lord will bless his people with peace." How does God bless us with peace? In what way are we called to bring about the peace God wants us to have? Is it possible for there to be injustice and still have peace? What are the injustices we need to remove in order for there to be peace? "He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him." Who are those oppressed by the devil? Do we ever fit that description? In what ways do we need healing? How would our lives change if that healing took place? And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." What impact would those words have had on those who listened to them? What impact can they have on us? How are these readings challenging? Comforting? (c)MMVIII Fr. Pat Umberger. These Reflection Questions are found each week at the Web Site www.frpat.com. Feel free to link to this page or reproduce them for parish use as long as this credit remains. .=: S P I R I T U A L R E F L E C T I O N :=. "On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, 'You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'" We hear these glorious words this weekend as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. We know how special Jesus was. We're very much aware of how Jesus accepted his mission and faithfully carried it out, even to his death on the cross. Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah as someone who would " ... bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching." The strength, commitment and gentleness of the Messiah are clearly described! "Until he establishes justice on the earth, the coastlands will wait for his teaching." It seems that in many ways, the coastlands are still waiting. Although progress is sometimes made, there are still many who are treated unjustly. Even as the people of Jesus' time expected the Messiah to do these things for them, we can expect the same today. That's not the kind of Messiah Jesus is. Jesus expects *us* to pitch in and make the world a better place. We consider that this weekend. We have been given the precious gift of Baptism. At our own Baptism we were anointed priest, prophet and king. We were chosen by God as people who will live forever, who can be forgiven, and who are promised all the strength and courage necessary to be faithful believers. Just as the sky opened when Jesus was baptized, just as the words "This is my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased," God spoke those words about us as well. When we brought our children to Church to have them Baptized we promised to bring them to Church on Sundays and Holy Days and to teach them to live as Christ taught us, but loving God and neighbor. What a profound responsibility not only for our own immortal souls, but for theirs as well. Sometimes though, we allow other things to become priorities. Faith doesn't fit our life-style. We can even be tempted to bring our children to religion class, then skip Mass ourselves and compound this Mortal Sin by not making sure they attend Mass either. We have once again celebrated Jesus' birth. Now we are faced with a choice. We can forget about all these things and go back to business as usual, or we can take them seriously and live new lives. If we need to, we can start over. We don't have to wonder what God would have us do! "The Lord will bless his people with peace." Peace can exist only when there is justice. If there is justice, we need to take our Baptismal promises seriously! "I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness." Here we see our Baptismal call. We need to continue the work of Jesus in the world we live in. As we pray for the coming of Jesus at the end of time, we need to work to build the Kingdom of God in the world we live in. There's plenty of work for us to do this week. "This is my beloved, with you I am well pleased." Let's live this week as people who believe God said this about us. Let's be faithful to our Baptismal promises and the promises we made to our children at their Baptisms. Let's make God want to say the very same thing as we gather to celebrate Eucharist again next weekend. Have a good week! (c)MMVIII Fr. Pat Umberger. This Spiritual Reflection is found each week at the Web Site www.frpat.com. Feel free to link to this page or reproduce them for parish use as long as this credit remains. __________________________________________________ <TW>This Weekend is free, and comes from: Father Pat Umberger, a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse in Wisconsin U.S.A. 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