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Niagara, Pembine, and Aurora Wisconsin


12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. Matt on June 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Fr. Matt’s Corner: ... and the disciples were with Him


          Greetings to all of you, my sisters and brothers. Does anyone else wonder where June is off to?  These days seem to be flying past as – despite this summer respite, this season of comfort seems to have a busy-nessof its own.  With preparations and practices and yard-work and gardening and soccer matches and baseball games and camping trips and outings of fishful thinking … finding times of solitude and Sabbath rest can be difficult even in this sabbatical season.

          So it is that we find Jesus praying in solitude – ahhh, quiet solitude; but wait just a moment, what did you say, Luke? … and the disciples were with Him …  Hmm, which is it – praying in solitude or and the disciples were with Him?  It seems that the solitude of prayer that Jesus knew didn’t have so much to do with simply being alone – but rather, being alone with His disciples.  In other words, we find Jesus being alone with His disciples in the same way that we come to be alone with Him each Sunday at Mass.

          When we take time out of our busy schedules to come to Mass on Sunday, what we do is precisely not what I hear so many people complain about when it comes to ‘going to church’.  That is, we do not enter a crowd of people that we need to impress by our abilities to walk on our own or sing well or anything else.  We do come away to be alone with our closest friends and our brothers and sisters, because we are all one in Christ Jesus.

          Now I know that all this is ‘preaching to the choir’ because by your reading this, you probably make it a point to come away to be alone with us “through Him, with Him, and in Him.”  You are already among the disciples who were with Him.  But here’s the kicker:  When we come away with Him each Sunday, He will always challenge us to know Him. After all, we were each created to know, love, and serve Him in this life so as to live forever with Him in the next. 

          Jesus says to you and to me each weekend, “You are here with me now, But who do you say that I am?  What does my presence with you in this Sabbath rest mean to you?  How will you let Me change your life now?  For If anyone wishes to come after me, he mus tdeny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

          We who have been alone with Him in such an intimate solitude that we are now one flesh with Him – we must now show others His presence within us.  How can you spend your life for Him in such a way as to find it, and to help others find theirs as well?

           Peace to all of you, my friends, this Holy Day, and to all who love the Lord in simplicity of heart,

Fr. Matt


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