The fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday, falls roughly at the midpoint of our season of diligent fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. It’s the traditional day for temporarily relaxing our discipline and indulging in more joyous activity, as signified by the option for rose-colored vestments at Mass.READ MORE
When reflecting on faith we often consider the importance of trust. This reflection is typically focused on our need to trust in God and not to worry or be anxious about anything. However, we cannot forget all that God has entrusted to us as his beloved children. He has given us life and gifts and talents and trusts that we will use them for the good of others in fulfillment of his will. In light of this, we should take to heart Saint Paul’s words in today’s second reading: “so we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us.” Aware of all that God has entrusted to us we become his representatives in the world, reflecting his light and love through our words and deeds. On Mission for The Church Alive! becomes our opportunities to be Christ’s representatives in our parishes, our communities and beyond as he entrusts all of us with the task of building up the Church. As we work to have our hearts transformed and strengthened this Lent may the result be our ever-faithful witness to God’s life at work in us. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
In today’s first reading, Moses, while tending the flocks of his father-in-law, happens upon a bush which is burning, but which is not consumed. Moses’ reaction is to “go over to look at this remarkable sight, which he does. However, the Lord, in speaking from the burning bush, wants him to do more than look. Instead, God reveals himself to Moses and calls Moses to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt. While Moses has some reservations, he says yes to God and works to lead his people to freedom. Like Moses, the Lord wants us to do more than look at Him or at His Church. The Lord wants us to be engaged with Him. Faith is not a passive endeavor. Faith is an active engagement with God in the community of the Church. It is easy to look at the Church and say, “I like this” or, “I do not like that” and then do nothing about it. It takes effort to get involved to be an instrument of Jesus’ life in the Church. As we continue our Lenten journey may we be renewed not only to see God better, but to embrace most fully his will. Visit onmissionchurchalive. org to learn more and to stay informed.
In this Sunday’s readings, Saint Paul applies an Exodus lesson to the Church of Corinth. After they escaped Egypt by the power of God, Moses’ people murmured complaints about the difficulty of the journey: “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.” Paul instructs the Corinthian Christians, “Do not grumble as some of them did!” For we, too, often lose our gratitude for God’s work, and instead complain.
Our Lord Jesus also responds to gossip about murdered Galileans, as if God allowed the grizzly murders because the victims were worse sinners than everyone else. Jesus rebukes the gossipers, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way because they were greater sinners? If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” Jesus seem to mean that we are all under God’s judgment; rather than compare ourselves to others, we ought instead “bear fruit,” become the people of love and obedience that we’ve been commanded to be.READ MORE
The internet is nearly full of pictures of cats and kittens being adorable. One popular motif is the feline predicament of a cat who has climbed too high or into too awkward a place, and can now no longer extract itself.
If we’re following Jesus, we can feel like such a cat. Last year almost all priests received brand new or at least greatly expanded responsibilities covering multiple parishes. Here at RocKenRo, we’re already in the process of consolidating our schools. We’ve taken some big steps following Jesus, and now we’re outside our “comfort zone,” into situations where we cannot fully control the challenges coming our way.READ MORE
As we hear the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus in today’s Gospel, it is hard not to try to imagine what that scene was like. Picture yourself standing with Peter, James and John as Jesus, joined by Moses and Elijah, suddenly appears in dazzling white and surrounded in glory. The reaction of those Apostles was not one of fear, but of joy. Peter exclaims, “it is good that we are here,” and suggests that they build tents so that they could remain in the presence of such a glorious scene for ever. What the Apostles did not know then, although we have the privilege of realizing now, is that their desire would become the reality of the Church. Each time we come to Mass, Jesus is raised up before our very eyes as he is made present in the Eucharist. As we gaze upon the host we see Christ in the flesh with eyes of faith. And as we receive Him in Holy Communion, he remains with us to strengthen us to be about the work of discipleship. While there are many crosses we currently have to bear as Catholics, the opportunities we have each week to come face to face with our God who gives us life and assists us in carrying our crosses. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.