Posted by: frburke23 | June 8, 2015

Thought for Tuesday, 10th Week in Ordinary Time

2 Corinthians 1:18-22

Brothers and sisters:
As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.”
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us,
Silvanus and Timothy and me,
was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him.
For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him;
therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory.
But the one who gives us security with you in Christ
and who anointed us is God;
he has also put his seal upon us
and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

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Today at Totus Tuus training we have three of the Nashville Dominicans giving talks on the rosary and methods of teaching children.  Their joyful witness is so inspiring. 

As I was reading this excerpt from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians today I was reminded of a beautiful story that our former Bishop J. Peter Sartain shared with us.  He was sharing the story of when he received the call to be named the new Bishop of Joliet.  He had been Bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas for 5 years and loved it there.  He is originally from Memphis, so he was still close to home. He had no idea that he would ever be leaving Memphis, let alone Arkansas.

Yet the phone call came early in 2006 from the Apostolic Nuncio telling him that he was being called to be the new Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, IL.  It was a great surprise to him.  “Many people ask me if I could have said ‘no’ to this call,” he says.  “I could have said no for a legitimate reason.  For example, if my health prevented me from serving well, I could have said ‘no’.  But then I reflected on it and realized that when I was lying on the floor at my priesthood ordination many years ago, I was saying “yes” to Jesus wherever he called me.  I didn’t realize it, but I said yes to Joliet on the day I was ordained over 25 years ago.”  He then received another call in 2010 to become the Archbishop of Seattle and obedient to the will of God he said “yes”.

I thought that was a beautiful expression of what it means to say “yes” to Jesus, not “yes” and “no”.  Archbishop Sartain gave us a great example of what it means to surrender your life to Christ, not counting the costs, but trusting that the Lord is in charge and will never abandon us. Thousands of saints throughout the ages have also followed this call from God by saying “yes”.  Our “yes” should be repeated daily, minute by minute to Jesus.  There is a temptation to say “yes” initially, and then when times get difficult our “yes” changes to “no”.  When we say “yes” to Jesus, He will support us and accompany us on the journey, especially through the most difficult of times.

What do you experience in your heart when you read this Scripture? 

Do you say always “yes” to Jesus? 

Or is it sometimes “yes” and sometimes “no”?

How do you react when times get difficult or you experience suffering? 

May we also follow Mary’s amazing example of “yes” to the Lord…”Let it be done to me according to your will.”

God bless,

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Spanish translation:

2 Corintios 1:18-22

Hermanos: Dios es testigo de que la palabra que les dirigimos a ustedes no fue primero “sí” y luego “no”. Cristo Jesús, el Hijo de Dios, a quien Silvano, Timoteo y yo les hemos anunciado, no fue primero “sí” y luego “no”. Todo él es un “sí”. En él, todas las promesas han pasado a ser realidad. Por él podemos responder “Amén” a Dios, quien a todos nosotros nos ha dado fortaleza en Cristo y nos ha consagrado. Nos ha marcado con su sello y ha puesto el Espíritu Santo en nuestro corazón, como garantía de lo que vamos a recibir.

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Hoy en el entrenamiento de Totus Tuus tenemos tres de los Dominicanos de Nashville dando charlas sobre el rosario y los métodos de la enseñanza de los niños. Su testimonio gozoso es muy inspirador.

Mientras leía hoy este extracto de la carta de San Pablo a los Corintios me acordé de una hermosa historia que nuestro ex Obispo J. Peter Sartain compartió con nosotros. Él estaba compartiendo la historia de cuando recibió la llamada a ser nombrado el nuevo Obispo de Joliet. Él había sido Obispo de Little Rock, Arkansas durante 5 años y le encantó. Es originario de Memphis, así que él todavía estaba cerca de casa. No tenía ni idea de que alguna vez se iría de Memphis, y mucho menos de Arkansas.

Sin embargo, la llamada telefónica llegó a principios del 2006 del Nuncio Apostólico diciéndole que estaba siendo llamado a ser el nuevo Obispo de la Diócesis de Joliet, IL. Fue una gran sorpresa para él. “Mucha gente me pregunta si yo pude haber dicho “no” a esta llamada”, dice. “Pude haber dicho que no por una razón legítima. Por ejemplo, si mi salud me impedía servir bien, pude haber dicho ‘no’. Pero luego lo reflexioné y me di cuenta de que cuando yo estaba acostado en el suelo en mi ordenación sacerdotal hace muchos años, yo estaba diciéndole “sí” a Jesús dondequiera que me llamara. No me di cuenta, pero le dije que sí a Joliet el día que fui ordenado hace más de 25 años.” Luego recibió otra llamada en el 2010 para convertirse en el Arzobispo de Seattle y obediente a la voluntad de Dios, dijo “sí”.

Pensé que era una hermosa expresión de lo que significa decir “sí” a Jesús, no “sí” y “no”. El Arzobispo Sartain nos dio un gran ejemplo de lo que significa entregarle la vida a Cristo, sin contar los costos, pero confiando en que el Señor está a cargo y nunca nos abandonará. Miles de santos a través de los tiempos han seguido este llamado de Dios al decir “sí”. Nuestro “sí” debe ser repetido a Jesús diariamente, minuto a minuto. Hay una tentación de decir “sí” al principio, y luego cuando los tiempos se ponen difíciles nuestro “sí” cambia a “no”. Cuando decimos “sí” a Jesús, Él nos apoyará y nos acompañara en el viaje, especialmente en los momentos más difíciles.

¿Qué experimentas en tu corazón cuando lees esta Escritura?
¿Le dices siempre “sí” a Jesús?
¿O a veces es “sí” y a veces es “no”?
¿Cómo reaccionas cuando los tiempos se ponen difíciles o experimentas sufrimiento?

Que también podamos seguir el ejemplo maravilloso de María del “sí” al Señor… “hágase en mí según tu voluntad.”

Dios los bendiga,
Padre Burke
https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. Brilliant, Fr Burke! jan😊

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Thank you for the encouraging interpretations of the past few readings. My soul must want to hear what it is you have to share. I am feeling less alone and more encouraged with each reading. I didn’t think that I was alone, but I forgot how much I was loving Jesus. I look forward to your writings every day and am saddened when the weekends come and we lose contact. You are indeed connected with Our Lord, and it is wonderful to know that you are an instrument of His works and are so willing to share with many. Isn’t is funny how we can be used by Him? I am a flight attendant and I often pray that I too may be used during my work. The best part is that I don’t even need to know how it is that I serve, just that I can. Blessings and thank you,Kim

    Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 21:35:36 +0000 To: kimsmrt@hotmail.com

    • Thanks Kim for your kind words. Absolutely you can serve the Lord through your work. Which airline do you work for? I fly often and maybe we will cross paths.


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