Weekend Reflections for 2/3/17
How did Jesus prepare himself to be the light and salt for his people? He spends the first 30 or so years of his life in the little
town (estimated now at roughly 300 to 500 people) of Nazareth. It was here living with his family and the people of his village he learned how to be a good Israelite, how to live and practice their faith. He learned and memorized and prayed over many of the Jewish Scriptures. He learned and practiced a profession with Joseph, He became acquainted with the strengths and weaknesses of his religious and political leaders, their right and wrong practices.
Then one day, probably to surprise of most people, he left Nazareth to be baptized by John the Baptist and then for a period of time joins his circle of disciples. Eventually he realized it was time for him to set out on his own and share with his people what he knew of God and God's plan for the Israel nation. Now was the time for him to be the light and salt for his people.
In the various gospel scenes of this week we read of some of the different ways in which Jesus accomplished this: journeying to the villages of Galilee and beyond, teaching, healing and on a few occasions even feeding the large crowd that was coming to hear him.
We too at times should reflect upon how God has been preparing us to be the light and salt for the people in our lives. How we have been imbued with our faith, our appreciation of the many gifts and blessings of our lives, the people who helped and guided us in our faith journey. How now we are being called to take on this marvelous, God-given responsibility with and for the people in our life world?
-Fr. Jim Blumeyer, S.J.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY