As I prayed and reflected on today’s readings, I found myself being drawn to the drama in the Book of Exodus; with God, Moses, and the children of Israel. And this led me to ask myself three questions. 1. Who am I trying to please? 2. What does God expect of me? 3. How am I doing?
I think there’s a part of most people that can identify with the Israelites in today’s first reading. They’ve been through a lot! First in Egypt and now in the desert after a long march and facing a legion of Pharoah’s warriors, they’ve reached a breaking point. (Can you relate?) This is why they remind Moses that they asked him to leave them alone when he first told them they were about to set out for a promised land and freedom.
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Having grown up in a city, Jesus’ instruction to “be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves” only made partial sense to me. I get the idea of shrewdness in order to watch your back or anyone else’s who is part of your flock. But the "simple as doves" has always seemed to be a contradiction to the vigilance part of the instruction.
Ben Carson faced the greatest challenge of his life: the separation of seven-month-old Siamese twins. The surgical team practiced the procedures for weeks because even a slight error could cost lives. During the fourteen-hour operation, Carson said, "We did our best. The rest is God's." Today, he is one of the most celebrated pediatric neurosurgeons in the world.
In Father Willy Raymond's homily, he recounts a moving story of the importance of putting God and family first.
During these days of summer, many families assemble to pray, play, talk, and work together. These past two weeks, our Holy Cross family assembled all the Holy Cross Brothers and Priests of North America at the University of Notre Dame, about 350 of us, to renew our commitment to God and our friendship in Holy Cross. It was a wonderful time to renew old friendships and meet new younger brothers.