We celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time today. In the Gospel passage, Jesus tells the disciples that he has not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. He continues by saying that those who obey and teach the commandments will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Then Jesus has the disciples look more deeply into what keeping the commandments requires. At one point, we hear Jesus speak those familiar words, “If you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Just think, what we as church would look like and act like if we took those words seriously. At one time or another most of us (If not all of us) have had a reason to reconcile with another person. Eucharist, the great sacrament of unity and forgiveness, may have led us into the process of forgiveness or reconciliation toward another. Living the commandments, and living as disciples who reflect the love of Christ to others, demand that we be at peace with others and that we treat others with Christian charity at all times. We are called to go beyond keeping the law by developing Christian virtues and living life in such a way that the fruits of the Holy Spirit are evident in our lives. This week as we continue to reflect on today’s Gospel, let us reflect upon on relationships with one another, in our family, our school, our place of work, or in our Church. How and where do we need to reach out to another before we “bring our gift to the altar” next weekend?
Just a reminder to Christian Service Members: Our meeting is scheduled earlier than usual this Wednesday. We begin at 5:00 PM in the Meeting Room. Lori Becker, from the Diocesan Office of Christian Service, will be joining us for the first part of the meeting.
This month’s Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone is scheduled for Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM. It will take place at Holy Trinity Church (Corpus Christi Parish in Bay City). I you would like attend and along with me, please give me a call at the Rectory (753-2497).
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ