2 Cor 9:6-11; Psalm 112:1-2, 3-4, 9; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
God loves a cheerful giver. I love this phrase from Corinthians, not just in its meaning for alms and good works. God doesn’t just mean that we smile when we write out a check or grin when we drop off clothes at Goodwill (thought I think that’s a good idea too.) When I think of God loves a cheerful giver, it reminds me of finding God in all things, in our day-to-day lives -- not only when we are in church or praying or performing service. I want to be a cheerful giver among my co-workers, my neighbors, the woman at the checkout line at the grocery store.
2 Cor 8:1-9; Mt 5:43-48
“. . . love your enemies . . .”.
Almost everyone is familiar with that command. And almost everybody thinks that, while perhaps an ideal, it is hopelessly unrealistic. Maybe. But maybe some context might help us understand how central this really is to being Christian.
What, after all, does it mean to be Christian? Not to save ourselves, as perhaps we once thought. God has done that for us. No, our job is to continue the work of Jesus – the Jesus who called people to change their priorities and submit to God’s gentle reign. Christians are a community of disciples, having disciple roles, and doing disciple work.
2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Matthew 5:38-42
“Offer no resistance to injury . . . turn the other cheek.” These phrases are among the most famous and most difficult of any which the Gospels record as coming from the lips of Jesus. If we listen to them long enough to really hear them, before being frightened off by them, we usually hear in them an admonition to passivity in the face of conflict.
Then Nathan said to David: "You are the man!"
I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.
This week's liturgy is about self-awareness and gratitude. It is nearly impossible to grow without self-awareness. And it is really difficult to be a follower of Jesus without being grateful.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Matthew 5:33-37
Today’s first reading proclaims that very idea in asking us how we see things and what difference does it make. If we are “in Christ,” we see things differently than we did before, because things are different. What was once a world of mere human construction has become a world redeemed and re-created by Christ’s death and resurrection. Indeed, “now all is new!” For me, then, the challenge is to see my world as renewed, to see God in all things. It is to see Him in those close to me, in friends and family. But it is also to recognize Him in relative strangers, including the student who is cutting my class, the politician who has it wrong, and the driver dawdling along in front of me. Nor is it enough to see the glory of Christ’s redemption in a magnificent sunset or the silken feel of a rose petal. God is also found in a dreary sky and the weed patch next door. It’s about seeing as believers.
Second Corinthians 4:7-15; Psalms 116:10-11, 15-16, 17-18; Matthew 5:27-32
“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.”
2 Corinthians 4:7
“I am your servant, the child of your handmaid.. You have loosed my bonds.”
“But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
We are now in “Ordinary Times.” As we read through the very familiar fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel though, Jesus is asking us to be anything but “ordinary.” He tells us He has not come to abolish the Law (v. 17), indeed He calls us to go further than the written Law, the commands given to Moses. He asks us to go beyond our overt actions and pay attention to our thoughts, our motives, and our intentions. In today’s reading He tells us, “Do not commit adultery” not just in unfaithfulness to your spouse, but in how you deal with everyone! You are to keep your promise to a spouse in your heart, mind and actions. And you are to extend this same respect to your friends, to a bank, to God, to anyone, even your enemies!
Dear sisters and brothers in the Union,
we are very happy to present to you in this newsletter an historical note on the Church of SS. Salvatore in Onda, along with other news from the Union.
1. THE CHURCH OF SS. SALVATORE IN ONDA
The construction of the church dates from the end of the 11th and beginning of the 12th centuries. The church is dedicated to the Most Holy Saviour, SS. Salvatore, to which is added 'in onda', probably due to the frequent flooding of the Tiber.
- Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
- Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
- Saint Barnabas, apostle - Memorial
- Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
- Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C
- Apostles for Today - June 2013
- The memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - Solemnity - Year C
- Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
- Pope at audience: Counter a culture of waste with solidarity
- Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
- New Postulants in India
- Child in us
- Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
- War is always madness
- Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
- The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) - Solemnity - Year C
- Saturday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time
- Pope Francis: Long faces cannot proclaim Jesus
- Tantum ergo sacramentum
- Meeting of the General Coordination Council (GCC) in Rome
- General Coordination Council (GCC) of the UAC 2013 - Message to the Union
- Feast of Corpus Christi 2013 and Global Hour of Prayer With The Pope
- The Church both human and divine
- A trip to San Giorgio di Cascia
- Wednesday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time
- Chronicles from Pentecost Sunday 2013
- With profound gratitude...
- Jubilee Message from His Eminence Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on behalf of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
- January 22 - Feast of St. Vincent Pallotti
- OUR PILGRIMAGE TO ROME IN JANUARY 1963
- THE CANONISATION OF ST.VINCENT PALLOTTI - SISTER ANNEMARIE REMINISCES
- New Website for the Jubilee
- Union of the Catholic Apostolate - Rome
- Pallottine Youth Worldwide