Sunday Morning Missionary Musings

Enjoyed the musings of a visiting missionary priest from Jamaica, representing MOP (Missionaries of the Poor). Perfect Sunday, it tied in so well with the readings this weekend-the sending out of the seventy two (Luke 10:1-12,17-20). I was surprised to hear his story about a Bishop in a larger city who turned he and his accompanying group away-told them there was nowhere for them to stay-they knocked the dust from their sandals and moved on. They ended up at a monastery with some Poor Clares who took them in and provided for their needs for a week. We Catholics are not all on the same page!

Can I imagine stepping out of my comfort zone with nothing but the clothes on my back, trusting the good Lord to take care of my every need? Heading out into unknown territory taking the gospel message to people I don’t know? I have a difficult time carrying the message to those near and dear to me. I have been spurned by my own family and friends, laughed at and ridiculed. Sometimes it is easier to just stay quiet and not rock the boat when discussions occur. But then my conscience begins to nag, what would Jesus do, what would he say? I struggle with remaining calm and clear-headed, how did Jesus do that? Perhaps I need to pray more…I would like to talk one-on-one with Peter or Paul…what’s the secret to successful evangelization?

I believe that my mission is to trust in the Lord, pray to know his will for me and then to leave myself behind, go out and be Christ to my little world. OK, Jesus, I’m opening the door, be with me…

Blessings,
Marci

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Sunday Morning Musings on the Body and Blood of Christ

We were blessed to have Fr. J.P. give our homily at the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday. He began talking about beauty pageants and those personal questions the ladies are asked about the one thing you would like to accomplish when you “grow up”. He noted how most contestants will answer something along the lines of, “I would like to solve the problem of world hunger”, or “I would like to bring about world peace.” Very lofty goals for such young and naive young ladies, but, one never knows from where the cures for those ills may come.

The Church celebrates the Body and Blood of Christ this Sunday, so Fr. J.P. went on to speak about how every single one of us was created with a hunger for Christ. Jesus gave us the food that would satisfy that hunger when at the Last Supper he commanded his disciples, his friends, to “Do this in remembrance of me.” We Catholics continue this faith tradition at each and every Mass we celebrate. So, if we are to be satisfied by the Body and Blood of Christ, why must we keep coming back to the table? Physically, we must continue to eat from the bounty of the earth or we starve. God in his infinite wisdom also created us with an insatiable hunger for Him. In continuing to come back to Him at every Mass to be fed again and again we continue to grow strong in our faith, strong in our commitment to be Christ to this world. We continue to find ways to feed his lambs and to bring peace to His world. Stay away from the table of the Lord and we risk starving our faith life right out of us. Christ commanded us to come and eat, may we grow faithfully fat as we feast on the only food that really matters!

May you be blessed and may you find many opportunities to dine with the Lord this week.
Yours in Christ,
Marci