Are you familiar with the frustration of trying to find something you've lost? I sometimes forget where I put my keys, cell phone, or an important document. As strange as it may sound, my fountain pen was once one of those small things. Whenever I lose this pen, I feel a bit lost. I rejoice every time I find it again, usually hidden somewhere in my backpack. We also find ourselves searching for people.
How many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings" ~Luke 13: 34b When I was growing up as a kid, we had chickens at home. Have you ever seen a mother hen caring for her young? If she sees an eagle circling overhead, she instinctively gives a warning sound, and the baby chicks run to hide under her wings. When dark storm clouds fill the sky and thunder roars and lightning flashes, she quickly makes a sound that draws her brood to her. As night approaches and the shadows lengthen, she gives a quiet call that gathers her young to rest under her wings.
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Last week, Father Fred spoke of the benefits of the first disciples going out two by two. Today’s gospel brought me back to that message as it connects to our salvation. Back in 2010, I went to Rome for meetings about Father Peyton’s Cause for Sainthood. I arrived one day before Father Jim Phalan, so, unlike the disciples, I was traveling alone. Everything went fine during the day, even the evening, until about 10:30 or 11 pm when I returned to the monastery where I was staying.
That was quite a list of sins or human imperfections that Saint Paul detailed for us his letter to the Galatians! It is interesting to note that sin, in all its disguises, have been around from the earliest of times. The good news is that Jesus came among us to show us a better way of life. The Kingdom of God is among us. We are temples of the Holy Spirit, and our work is to glorify God who is within each one of us.
For grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received. We might ask but just what is meant by this? God has blessed us; God has infused his Spirit within us. Jesus entered our lives at our baptism.
The words of a popular song by Lucky Dube echo our celebration today, "If you stand for the truth, you will always stand alone." Speaking the truth to those in authority over us, to those who are more powerful than us, comes with a price.