Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!
“Brothers and sisters: Indeed, the Word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart…. ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’…Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, ‘you are lacking in one thing.’”
How important it is that we listen carefully to the proclamation of the Word at Mass each week. It is read for our instruction, formation and growth in the Christian life. Try to identify with the people who meet Jesus in the gospels. I pose the same question about my responsibility as I seek eternal life.
The teaching of Jesus of observing the commandments are quite clear and we surely try to keep them. As Jesus informed him that he was lacking one thing, I ask myself what is lacking in what the Lord asks of me. Is it a deeper prayer life? Is it how I can better my family life? Is it how I show my concern for others, for the poor, for those in need? These are penetrating question as I reflect on His Word today.
“Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks with compassion on the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world” (St. Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582), whose feast is celebrated on October 15). Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His love!
Listen to the prayer sung here by Rev. Patrick McGuigan, O.Carm.
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish