Because we’re human beings, we need reminders … everything from the decal on the windshield of your car for the next oil change to the marking of your calendar for important days like birthdays and doctor’s appointments and that Sunday is Father’s Day. We even have reminders that ring out on our cell phones!
It’s great to visit the Father Peyton Center in North Easton, Massachusetts for a few days! As I was born and raised around here and I have served in Family Rosary for so many years, this area will always be “home” for me. Some will remember that our Provincial Superior asked me to go to Santiago, Chile, so I moved at Christmas. As I have also served in that part of the world before, I was happy to say “yes,” and I have been getting settled in there well.
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Lately, I’ve been seeing an ad on TV that ends with the phrase: “He gets us.” The He is Jesus. Today’s gospel is proof that Jesus “gets” us, for it begins: “Do not let your hearts be troubled …” Jesus knows that more often than we’d like to admit or sometimes even think about … our hearts are troubled.
My name is Nicodemus. My name means I was a victor among the people. One night my wife asked where I was going. "Out," I said. "You know the Pharisees. It's urgent." She said, "But Nicodemus, it's midnight. Is it that young troublemaker again? You haven't been yourself since you heard about Jesus. You said He was dangerous."
You walk to your favorite restaurant, but as you approach the door, you see a sign hanging, Closed. Or you walk into an office and see the same sign, Closed, on their counter. These are very ordinary, day-to-day situations in life. But consider these ...
Did you ever notice that every now and then, you get a sense that you need to take care of some things in your life? It could be that your credit card bill is coming due, your car needs to be inspected, or you have to go through about 20 storage boxes in your office … oh, wait, that’s my list! I’m sure you have your own that includes many other things, including our relationships with family, friends, and of course, God. Because of this, the verse from the prophet Isaiah, “Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord,” struck me as a powerful reminder and tremendous encouragement from God.