A Word from Fr. Bob
Dear Church Family,
Building on the image I gave you last week from St. Bernard in the 12th century, I challenge you, like he suggested, to be a reservoir filled with God’s love. Then you will always have an overflowing to give when you are challenged, whether than be a channel and give everything away, then have nothing to rebuild on.
Today the scripture gives us hard words where we are challenged to be a follower of the Lord. We have to take up our cross daily and follow Him and lose our life so that we truly gain it. We should challenge ourselves, our spiritual life and our way of living all the more to be filled with good deeds. Of course, change gives a very challenging word that says, “If you don’t have good deeds flowing from your faith, what good is it?” So you have to work it out. That’s the old argument of faith and good works. Certainly, the Lord chooses you totally.
Then as it says in the first reading you have to set your face like flint, determined that God will save you and be with you. Psalm 116 proclaims, “I love the Lord because He has heard my voice in supplication, because He has inclined His ear to me the day I called.” You can see that God is going to be on your side no matter what. Then you can hear the Psalm says, “Gracious is the Lord and just; yes, our God is merciful. The Lord keeps the little ones “that’s us”. I was brought low and He saved me.” Feel blessedly assured for He has freed my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling and I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Praise God! Again, have your reservoir filled, always be ready to accept the challenges of good deeds. You just have to do good deeds. You can’t just talk about it, you have to do it! “Walk the walk” as we say and not just “talk the talk”. Alleluia!
Love, Fr. Bob