Weekend Reflections for 8/28/15
Jesus' words are challenging. He calls us to honor the Lord every day in every way: 360°, 24-7, 365. He is grieved by the pharisees who are so close to God, and yet so far away. They know the Scriptures better than anyone else; they follow the Jewish laws more faithfully than anyone else-- and yet they miss the whole point.
In Mark's Gospel this week, we see that Jesus is the True Way to the Father. From the hearts of the pharisees "come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder." From the Heart of Jesus flows holy thoughts, chastity, generosity, and Life. Those far from God commit "adultery, greed, malice and deceit." Whereas Jesus lives in faithfulness, giving, goodness and truth.
Jesus sets a high bar, no question. The Holy Spirit must reign in our minds and hearts, and this should be visible in our actions. Let us also recall the Gospel readings from the last five Sundays: Jesus Himself is the Bread of Life. Jesus points the Way forward, and gives us food for the journey. This spiritual food Himself, present in the Eucharist. He doesn't just give us a set of rules, but incarnates the Law in His own Way of Life.
To live like Jesus, we need a Heart like His. And He even gives us that, in His own Sacred Heart. Jesus gives us everything we need to live His message of Life.
-Fr Joe Laramie SJ, White House Jesuit Retreat
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
UPCOMING RETREATS WITH OPENINGS:
Men:9/21, 9/28, 10/1, 10/12
Women: 10/5, 11/12, 11/16, 1/1
Co-ed (2-day): THIS COMING FRIDAY! 9/4