From: Mary Zimmerman
Well, every day is really “the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad,” but come Sunday, it’s to have a special significance in our lives. It’s the day we set the world’s struggles to the side (most jobs) to spend time together as a family or with friends, perhaps doing some wholesome recreation, spiritual reading, and the like. Most of all gathering at church to worship God, praise and thank Him for the gifts and graces of the past week, then ask for blessings for the coming week. Remember everything is a gift.
Man wasn’t made for just work. In fact yesterday at Mass at St. Mary’s with Father Jim Berning, a lot was said about faith and good works. It was emphasized that faith without works is dead. It has to do with the second commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself.” You care enough about your body to consume food to keep it healthy, or hopefully so. You must love your neighbor enough to see that he has food as well (good works). Just think if Jesus had only faith and didn’t do the work to fulfill the will of His Father, to die for our sins, accomplish the work of redemption, where would we be?
Those of us who have the gift of faith, it’s our responsibility to pray for those who don’t to receive it.
In yesterday’s gospel Jesus asked the Apostles, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter came up with the correct answer - “You are the Christ.” How would we answer that question? Or if people asked that of you what would you hope to hear? I’d be most content to be remembered as “one of God’s little ones” (even above being remembered as the pie lady). I fully realize I’ll have to work hard to deserve that title (I’m hoping for another 10 years or so).
Let’s all hope that when we arrive at heaven’s door as St. Peter checks out the Book of Life, our names will be written below the category of “faith and works.”
I just heard a talk last Saturday saying the road to heaven is narrow and few find it. That troubles me a bit, but then again God has laid out a road map for us (the Ten Commandments) and within His Divine Mercy (confession) He is willing to forgive our sins over and over, to get us back on the right road again. Parents must start their children on their spiritual journey by having them baptized. Then by their prayers and example. I realize I need to fully embrace my responsibility as a mother and grandmother to pray fervently for my children and grandchildren and totally trust in God’s mercy.
Surely there will be crosses along the way. Jesus says pick up your crosses daily - follow me - I am the way, the truth, and the life.
Let us strive to quiet and calm our lives, make Sundays special by attending church, and connect with family or friends. If Jesus asks us the question “Who do you say I am?” Let us answer, “I believe you are God and I am your child, carrying my crosses of life that lead to the eternal happiness of heaven with you for all eternity.”
P.S. Happy birthday Gene, our oldest son and our 3-year-old grandson Conner Duane. We send you our love and prayers.