by Parish Staff
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you!
This past Sunday, at the end of Gospel, Jesus said “I am the bread of life: whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jesus is telling us that He is the bread of life and that we need eat of the bread of His word, we need to have an intimate relationship with Him. To do this we have to know His Word. The Word of God challenged us to look at God’s generosity and to respond in kind. His love for us is free. We cannot buy it with money nor with good deeds. His love for us has no limits! All we have to do is to accept it, but then we are in turn to love as He loves — freely and without limits. You see, you and I give flesh to His love. We make His Word come alive. Remember that everything that we have, treasure, talent and time, is truly a gift from God. Shouldn’t we be willing to use His gifts with the same generosity that He showed in gifting us with His love? His Word is the means by which Jesus teaches us.
It is always a challenge for us to truly listen to the Word of God and to take it to heart and live our everyday life based on that Word. Listening to the Son of God means, among many things, that we put into action our concern for those who are poor and suffering. We need to match prayer with action. The other day someone sent me an email that contained a story that brings home this message. Let me share it with you.
“One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
“Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?” “You don’t owe me anything”, she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness”. He said –” then I thank you from my heart”.
“As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
“Many years later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
“Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.
After a long struggle the battle was won.
“Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then he wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words – “Paid in full with one glass of milk” (signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
“Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands”.
There is a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again, at least you will have made the world a better place. After all, isn’t that what life is all about? The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
I guarantee you that today you will have the opportunity to show that you listen to God’s beloved Son by making a donation of your money, time or talent to another. There are many other ways by which you can give of yourself. One could be to give your tithe to the Church weekly or by meeting your pledge to the Legacy of Faith – Future of Hope Campaign and/or paying your pledge to the annual diocesan Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal, and/or adopting the new chrome books for one of the upper grades in our school, and/or reaching out to the poor through the Works of Mercy, and/or teaching in the parish’s Religious Education Program, and/or helping with the high school Life Teen Program, and/or giving of your time to help a shut-in to name a few. So ask yourself today “Is the Word of God truly the foundation upon which you are building your life? Are eating and sharing the bread of life?
As Mother Theresa reminded us with her words and with her actions: “we are the feet of Jesus; we are the hands of Jesus; we are the mouth of Jesus.” Hopefully we learn to become just as generous with others as Jesus is with us!
Please pray for me, the priests and seminarians of our diocese.