Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!
“Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.”
In recent years we have heard calls for transparency and accountability. Whether in politics, the corporate world or the church, demands are being made on the activities of others. Judgments follow. The television is filled with many court cases being exposed and decisions made—guilty, not guilty, fines and recompense. That is entertainment.
St. Paul reminds us today that we all will experience the same accountability for reward or punishment. Sometimes we try to avoid finding ourselves as the subject of such scrutiny, yet it is only as a result of our goodness, our prayer life, our service to others, that the reward will come.
For many, it is quite convenient to pass over the idea of judgment. Maybe we should spend a moment to judge ourselves, ask forgiveness and reap the reward. Remember Matthew 25: “Come blessed of my Father inherit the Kingdom prepared for you…”
[H]ave a restful and refreshing summer…Enjoy this Father’s Day, have a wonderful week, and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love
Listen to my homily this morning: (Posted after Mass)
Joyfully in the Lord,
PRAYER OF ST. JOHN XXIII FOR FATHERS
St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect all the fathers who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over them faithfully as you have done. Amen.
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish