<TW>Weekend of 22 and 23 September 2007
- From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: thisweekend@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 09:04:13 -0500 (CDT)
..=: T H I S W E E K E N D :=. from Father Pat Umberger ___________________________________________________ E Y E A P P O I N T E M E N T I N B O S T O N As many of you know, I have been in Boston to have the melanoma (12 years ago) in my right eye checked. The pressure in the eye was high, due to bleeding within the eye. I had surgery last Tuesday to clean out the blood, gel, etc. ... to laser treat lots of veins and to medicate the eye to stop the formation of more veins. I had to stay in Boston for an extra week. I just had another appointment with Dr. Kim. The pressure is still high in the eye that had surgery. because bleeding from the tumor continued. She gave me two more eyedrops ... making 5. She says she's pretty sure it will settle down. She also ordered more ultrasounds and read them. She says the tumor itself is causing no concern. She gave me the name of a doctor in Rochester to see in two or three weeks. She wants to see me again in 3-6 months. Looking forward to coming home tomorrow! J O I N S I S T E R J O S E L D A A N D M E A great Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - 04-15 November 2007! Several seats remain. $2714 from Minneapolis or $2599 from JFK in New York! Land only price (meet us in the Holy Land) is $1926. ___________________________________________________ ..=: V O L U M E 2 0 0 7 , Number 09-23 :=. ..=: T H I S W E E K E N D ' S S C R I P T U R E S :=. Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. Weekend of 22 and 23 September 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 :=. "We will diminish the ephah, add to the shekel, and fix our scales for cheating! We will buy the lowly for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!? When have we been tempted to be dishonest in order to benefit ourselves? What could make someone take advantage of the poor for their own enrichment? "Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor." How can we help the Lord to lift up the poor? Why don't we do more in that regard? "It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument." If we truly had holy hands, how would our lives change? What causes most of our anger and arguments? How can we keep them in perspective in our lives? "If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours?" When are we tempted to rationalize our own dishonesty? How can we again trust those who have been dishonest with us? How can we regain the trust of others? When we are dishonest, who does it help? Who does it hurt? How are these readings challenging? Comforting? (c)MMVII 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 :=. When I was a teacher I was also a Scoutmaster. I recall that as a Boy Scout the first of the twelve parts of the Scout Law is: "A Scout is Trustworthy." How important it is to be worthy of the trust of others. Many of us have grown up with parents who told us, "Whatever you do, don't lie to me." "If you lie, I'll have an awfully hard time believing what you say." How true it is, that when others are not trustworthy that it can take along time before that trust can be restored. Of course none of us are perfect. We make mistakes. We ask forveness as we forgive others. Still, it is so very important to be trustworthy. We can shrug off our sin by saying, "It was only a little white lie." The fact is, it's a lie! Even calling our children or ourselves in sick when there is something we'd rather do is lying. Even having our husband or wife telling someone on the phone that we're not home when we really are is a lie. In today's Gospel Jesus reminds us of what good stewardship is all about. We are to use the gifts and talents God has given us to build up the Church and to usher in the Kingdom of God in the world we live in. In today's first reading we hear about the curelty of the treacherous people who can't wait for the chance to "buy the lowly for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals." Ye it can be easy for us to fall to surch ruthlessness when we don not consciously love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ "who gave himself as a ransom for all." Even the merchants who "fixed their scales for cheating" probably felt guilt at first. But afterwhile our dishonesty can become routine. We can lie or cheat without even thinking about it. But as Jesus says, "The person who is dishonest in very smal matters is also dishonest in great ones." And our example of dishonesty is easily passed on to our children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters. This can be the week to think about things like that and strive to live honestly. This week we can reflect upon our honesty at work, in school and in our personal relationships. We can turn from our dishonesty and back the Lord with all our hearts. We can make amends for the hurts we have caused others. We can live our lives according to our calling. Have a good week! (c)MMVII 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. Web Site: www.frpat.com Evangelization (reaching out): www.cmonback.com .=: M A K E A D O N A T I O N ? :=. www.frpat.com/donation.htm .=: F O R W A R D I N G :=. Please leave these credits when doing so. .=: C H A N G E Y O U R S U B S C R I P T I O N :=. Unsubscribe from your old address before you subscribe with your new address. 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