Posted by: frburke23 | July 14, 2013

Thought for Monday, 15th Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.
I have come to bring not peace but the sword.
For I have come to set
a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one’s enemies will be those of his household.

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever does not take up his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward,
and whoever receives a righteous man
because he is righteous
will receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink
because he is a disciple–
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples,
he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

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I just returned from vacation and feel refreshed and ready to get back to work.  There is a lot to do as we have about a month before the seminarians return to seminary, but a nice vacation has helped me return with focus and energy.

In today’s Gospel, we hear seemingly contradictory words associated with Jesus.  He is known as the Prince of Peace and yet He says, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.  I have come to bring not peace but the sword.”  What did Jesus mean?  I think Jesus was challenging His followers to see who their top priority was.  Although we are called to love our parents and family, we have a jealous God.  Jesus wants to be our top priority.

Also, there are times when division happens in a family when they don’t share the same faith in Jesus Christ.   It is beautiful when the whole family falls in love with Jesus – it makes each individual relationship that much stronger.

I have a priest friend who celebrated a wedding recently and he was asking married couples in the congregation for recommendations for the newly married couple.  The couples who weren’t married very long talked about human aspects to marriage – communication, respect, patience, etc.  But he said as he got advice from the couples married longer, they began to talk about things more supernatural, like prayer and love.  The couple who had been married the longest (52 years) recommended that the newly married couple approach Jesus regularly in the Eucharist.  How beautiful is that!  Their wisdom lies in the fact that they realize that when they make Jesus the center of their lives, He will bless the relationship.

Is Jesus truly your number one priority?

Where do you spend your time?

Where do you spend your energy?

Where do you spend your money?

These questions point us to where our hearts are.  Make Jesus the absolute center of your life.  Make Him your first thought in the morning and the last thought in the evening.  And then let Him transform every minute throughout the day.  Let Jesus change your relationships and transform your life.  He is the Prince of Peace and wants to fill your life with peace and joy.  However, our decisions and the decisions of those around us affect this peace.

God bless,

Fr. Burke

 

Mateo 10:34—11:1

Jesús dijo a sus apóstoles:
“No piensen que he venido para traer paz a la tierra.
Yo no he venido a traer paz, sino espada.
Porque he venido para poner
un hombre contra su padre,
una hija contra su madre,
y una nuera en contra de su suegra;
y los enemigos serán los de su casa.

“El que ama a padre o madre más que a mí, no es digno de mí;
y el que ama a hijo o hija más que a mí, no es digno de mí;
y el que no toma su cruz
y me siga, no es digno de mí.
El que encuentre su vida, la perderá;
y todo el que pierda su vida por mi causa, la hallará.

“El que te recibe a ti me recibe a mi;
y el que me recibe a mí, recibe al que me envió.
El que recibe a un profeta porque él es profeta,

recibirá recompensa de profeta;
y el que recibe a un hombre justo
porque él es justo
, recibirá recompensa de hombre justo.
Y el que da sólo un vaso de agua fría
a uno de estos pequeños para beber
porque él es un discípulo-
en verdad les digo, que no quedará sin recompensa”.

Cuando Jesús terminó de dar estas instrucciones a sus doce discípulos,
el se fue de ese lugar para enseñar y predicar en sus ciudades.

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Acabo de volver de mis vacaciones y me siento renovado y listo para volver al trabajo.
Hay mucho que hacer ya que tenemos alrededor de un mes antes de que los seminaristas vuelvan al seminario, pero unas buenas vacaciones me ha ayudado a volver con el enfoque y la energía.

En el evangelio de hoy, escuchamos palabras aparentemente contradictorias asociadas con Jesús. El es conocido como el Príncipe de la Paz y sin embargo Él dice: “No piensen que he venido para traer paz a la tierra. Yo no he venido a traer paz, sino espada.” ¿Qué quería decir Jesús? Creo que Jesús fue un reto a sus seguidores para ver quién era su principal prioridad. A pesar de que estamos llamados para amar a nuestros padres y la familia, tenemos un Dios celoso. Jesús quiere ser nuestra principal prioridad.

También, hay ocasiones en que la división sucede en una familia cuando no comparten la misma fe en Jesucristo. Es hermoso cuando toda la familia se enamora de Jesús – hace  la relación con cada persona mucho más fuerte.

Tengo un amigo sacerdote que celebro una boda recientemente y les estaba pidiendo a las parejas casadas en la congregación recomendaciones para la nueva pareja de recién casados. Las parejas que no estaban casadas mucho tiempo hablaron de los aspectos humanos del matrimonio – comunicación, respeto, paciencia, etc, pero él dijo como recibió el asesoramiento de las parejas casadas por mas tiempo, comenzaron a hablar de cosas más sobrenaturales, como la oración y el amor. La pareja que había estado casada por más tiempo (52 años) recomienda que la nueva pareja de recién casados ​​se enfoquen en Jesús regularmente en la Eucaristía. ¡Qué hermoso es esto! Su sabiduría radica en el hecho de que se dan cuenta que cuando hacen de Jesús el centro de su vida, Él bendecirá la relación.

¿Jesús es verdaderamente tu prioridad número uno?
¿Dónde gastas tu tiempo?
¿Dónde gastas tu energía?
¿Dónde gastas tu dinero?

Estas preguntas señalan donde están nuestros corazones. Has a Jesús el centro absoluto de su vida. Hazlo tu primer pensamiento en la mañana y tu último pensamiento de la noche. Y luego deja que Él transforme cada minuto durante todo el día. Deja a Jesús cambiar tus relaciones y transformar tu vida. Él es el Príncipe de la Paz y quiere llenar tu vida con paz y alegría. Sin embargo, nuestras decisiones y las decisiones de los que nos rodean afectan a esta paz.

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke


Responses

  1. Greetings from Kenya. Pass my regards to the seminarians as they prepare to go back to the seminary.
    Thank you father for the wonderful words this morning. I feel more blessed. Pray for me as i discern my life as a. Seminarian for priesthood.

  2. Aaaawwwhhhh…..Welcome Back….You were missed.

    Loved the married couple, whom was married the longest advice. Defininately great advice to pass on.

    Jesus…is my number 1 thought through out my day….Can I now ask you a question? I’ve gotten on the Evangelization Committee in our parish. Our Father recommended us reading the book: Rebuilt. Have you heard of it? A Catholic Church in Maryland the priest wrote it. He started going to the “mega church’s” to see how they were getting people to come to church.
    http://www.rebuiltparish.com. Watching a couple of the videos they made….I’m a bit confused. Yes, I know we live in a lost world and these are people Jesus came for. But reading Catholic material what ever happen to the consequences of sin? Its like we want Jesus to conform to us and not listen to what he left us to live by.

    To me….after many years of studying the Catholic Faith and reading about the Saints….I’m a little depressed with this book. It sounds alot like “Protestants”. This committee wants to start doing some of what they are talking about in the book.

    One, that is bothering me greatly is during the homily taking the children out and having them go and getting a homily for their understanding. To me this is breaking up the family. Am I wrong on this? Shouldn’t we be sitting together as family the whole time during mass…showing them the example to follow? (The domestic church). In doing some research on it in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2197- 2257.

    2225 reads: Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their chileren. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the “first heralds” for their children.They should associate them from their tenderest years with the life of the Church. A wholesome family life can foster interior dispositions that are a genuine preparation for a living faith and remain a support for it throughout one’s life.

    I also wish every family would read the letter Pope John Paul II wrote to the Family… in the year 1994 Year of the Family.

    Just some pondering thoughts:
    pro-life means prochild. We silence children enough due to abortion.

    Jesus said, let the little children come to me.

    Can you give me any advice? My Spirit doesn’t feel right about it. I came from a family of 11. We filled up 1 pew. Some special memories of this.

    Again Welcome Back

    God Bless….
    Rhonda

  3. This is where one can watch some of the videos:

    The one I mention is: Hi Father White!. mov

    Would be nice to have some of your thoughts?


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