<TW>Weekend of 19 and 20 June 2010
- From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 16:38:05 -0500
.=: T H I S W E E K E N D :=. from Father Pat Umberger __________________________________________________ H A B E M U S E P I S C O P U M ! On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (11 June 2010), our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has given to La Crosse a new Shepherd. Bishop William Patrick Callahan, OFM Conv., auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, is named the Tenth Bishop of La Crosse. For more about Bishop Callahan, visit our Diocesan Web Site: www.dioceseoflacrosse.com. And keep him, the clergy and people of the Diocese of La Crosse in your prayers! I R E L A N D 2 0 1 0 $2799 from O'Hare, $2859 from La Crosse - 18-28 October 2010 - Brochure and Sign-up Form are available now. Check www.frpat.com for details, hotels and links. Brochures are available at the entrances of Saint Pat's Church as well. __________________________________________________ .=: V O L U M E 2 0 1 0 , Number 06-20 :=. .=: T H I S W E E K E N D ' S S C R I P T U R E S :=. The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. Weekend of 19 and 20 June 2010 .=: R E F L E C T I O N Q U E S T I O N S :-. The Scriptures for this weekend are found here: www.nccbuscc.org/nab "I rescued you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your lord's house and your lord's wives for your own. I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were not enough, I could count up for you still more. Why have you spurned the Lord and done evil in his sight?? When have we been ungrateful and unfaithful? How can we count on the Lord for forgiveness and strength to do better? "Lord, forgive the wrong I have done." Why is it hard to say this to God? To one another? How can we become better at asking forgiveness? "I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing." How is the grace of God active in our lives? How can we accept and utilize this precious gift? "If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner." When have we been as judgmental or jealous as this? How can that be a barrier to deeper faith? But he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." How are these words comforting and helpful to us? How are these Scriptures comforting? Challenging? .=: S P I R I T U A L R E F L E C T I O N :=. "Who do people say that I am?" We have grown up with many answers to that question. We believe Jesus is God. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. Jesus is the second person in the most Holy Trinity. Jesus is the Son of Mary. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is Lord of both the dead and the living. Jesus is the Christ. Jesus is our Savior. Jesus is all those things and much more. Jesus disciples were not particularly nervous about answering the question "Who do the crowds say that I am." All that took was reporting to Jesus what they heard others say. That wasn't threatening or challenging at all. Anybody could answer. When Jesus asked them "Who do you say that I am?" their attitude changed. Their answer would mean a profound change in their lives. Who would say something? We know Jesus' disciples had a hard time understanding the things he was trying to tell them. They saw him live is faith. They saw the sacrifices he made and witnessed his calmness and fearlessness many times. They were quite comfortable as he answered their questions and the questions of others. He was in charge. But then came the most profound question. Peter was a fisherman. He was a good soul, that's for sure. Jesus must have been greatly heartened as Peter so often professed his faith in Jesus. Still, the same day he claimed he would die with Jesus if need be he told others three times that he never knew Jesus. When Jesus comes walking across the water Peter walks out to meet him and then falters when he thinks about what he's doing and realizes it is impossible. He tries to help Jesus by saying "God forbid any such thing should happen to you." Jesus says to him, "Get behind me you Satan. You are judging by man's standards, not by God's. But Peter is the one who takes center stage. Jesus says, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter answers, "The Christ of God." His life was forever changed, along with the others who believed the same thing. They would come to see that Jesus would have to "suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised." Their answer also became their mission. As Jesus tells them, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." And they'd be faithful to that mission. Because of those disciples who live their faith Christianity spread. We gather to celebrate the Eucharist and recall that Jesus is not only alive but nourishes us with his very Body and Blood. And he calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. This week we can offer our pain and sacrifice to the Lord. We can live simply and humbly, looking out for the needs of those around us. We can allow ourselves to diminish as Christ increases within us. We can continue the work of building up the Kingdom of God. We can trust that we'll follow Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven, and that by following our example those we love will walk in the very footsteps of Jesus as well. What a glorious day it will be, as we enter God's kingdom and understand those things that continue to baffle us. This week we can follow Jesus. Have a good week! (c)MMX Fr. Pat Umberger. This Spiritual Reflection is found each week at the Web Site www. frpat.com. 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