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Sunday, 29 November 2009 14:17

 

T he prayers and scriptures of these early Advent days confront us with the truth of “time going by quickly” and “things changing.”  But they invite us to make the investment of our very lives with the things that last, that are solid, that can be counted on:  the words of Jesus, listened to, but also acted upon.

 

 

 

Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, S.J.

 

Isaiah 26:1-6

 

Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a

 

M atthew 7:21, 24-27 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (24) "Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; (25) and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. (26) And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; (27) and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."

 

 

M editation by Rev. Richard Gabuzda (Creighton)

 

What Lasts?

 

Although we speak often about “time going by quickly” and “things changing,” most of us like to think there are some things that endure over time, things that last, things that are solid and can be counted on.

 

Jesus’ words today provide contrasting images of houses, houses which differ not because of the material from which they have been constructed, not because of their color, height, or any other similar aspect.  The houses differ simply by the material on which they are built:  one on rock, the other on sand.  We imagine that both initially seem to do well, to sit firmly, to be solid.  But, over time, along come rain, floods and winds.  Only the house built on rock survives.

 

Jesus’ image “speaks,” it tells us of the contrast between the kind of persons who enter the Kingdom of heaven and those who do not.  The ones who do the will of the Father enter.  And who are they?  They are the ones who not only listen to the words of Jesus, but also act on them.

 

The prayers and scriptures of these early Advent days confront us with the truth of “time going by quickly” and “things changing.”  But they invite us to make the investment of our very lives with the things that last, that are solid, that can be counted on:  the words of Jesus, listened to, but also acted upon.

 

Perhaps this little rhyme says it well: 

 

            Soon this one life will be past. 

 

              Only what’s done for Christ will last!

 

What in my day today is being done “for Christ”?  There’s the rock!

 

 

Supplementary Reading

 

WITNESS

 

Therefore, David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. – 1 Chronicles 29:10

 

 

I don’t know what came over me. I’ve never lost my temper like that. Worse, it happened in public.

 

It was early and the mall was still closed. I waved to a security guard through the locked door but I felt he intentionally didn’t mind me. I felt offended. On impulse, I banged on the door and shouted at him. He pointed to the opposite entrance. There, I gave him a piece of my mind. Loudly. I came down on him hard. At first, he defended himself. Then he started apologizing. But I didn’t stop. After a few seconds, my companion held my hand to calm me down. He said, “Bro, he apologized already.” When I finally cooled down, I turned around and saw a large crowd of silent people… with their jaws half dropped.

 

Although I felt I was in the right, I admit I let my anger and pride take over me. That was wrong. Later, I went back to apologize to the guard but his shift had ended. I lost the opportunity to say sorry.

 

I pray for the grace to always glorify God through my words, thoughts, and most importantly, my actions — because that’s mostly what people will remember. --- George Gabriel

 

REFLECTION:

 

Is God glorified through how I conduct myself in public?

 

Help me, Lord, to walk the talk.

   

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PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
 

 


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1 Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:53
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ST FRANCIS XAVIER

The apostolic zeal of St. Francis Xavier.

Memorial

St. Francis was born in the castle of Xavier, Spain on the 7th of August 1506. He studied in Paris, where he met St Ignatius of Loyola. He was one of the first members of the Society of Jesus. After being ordained priest in Rome in 1537 he was primarily occupied with carrying out works of charity. In 1541 he left for the Orient and for ten years worked tirelessly to evangelize India and Japan, where many were converted to the Faith. He died in China in 1552.

The apostolic zeal of St. Francis Xavier.

What can all the treasures of life be worth if we let what is most essential in it pass us by? What good can success and applause, triumphs and rewards, be if at the end of it all we do not find a welcome by Jesus, who will be awaiting us? Our whole life would then have been a waste, our most precious time would amount to nothing, and the sum total of all our efforts would add up to the most devastating kind of failure. Francis Xavier appreciated the value of his own immortal soul, and that of others, ever since Christ became the true centre of his life. Since then, zeal for souls became a dominant passion for him (John Paul II, Address, 6 November 1982). In his own heart he experienced a pressing concern for souls. Furthermore, he was ready to give his very life to Christ in order to win their salvation (F. Zubillaga, Letters and Writings of St Francis Xavier, Madrid 1953).

The apostolic zeal that burned in the heart of St Francis caused him to write the following words while carrying out the evangelization of the Far East: … deprived of priests, the natives barely realize that they are Christians. There is no one to celebrate Mass for them and no one to teach them the Creed or the Our Father... Therefore, since arriving here, I haven’t had a moment’s rest. I spend my time going from village to village, baptizing the children who have not yet received the sacrament. So far, I've purified an enormous number of children who, as they say, did not even know their right hand from their left These little ones won’t allow me to pray the breviary until I've taught them some prayer (Liturgy of the Hours, From the Letters of St Francis Xavier to St Ignatius).

Francis Xavier pondered - as we do today - the vast panorama of people who have no one to speak to them about God. The words of the Lord continue to be relevant today: The harvest indeed is great and the labourers are few (Matt 9:37). This saint was moved by a tremendous zeal for the salvation of souls when he wrote: Many around here are not Christians simply because no one is available to teach them how to practise their faith. I have often had the desire to visit the universities of Europe, especially the one in Paris, and shout like a madman so as to provoke those who have more knowledge than charity: How many souls may be excluded from heaven on account of their negligence! If men and women were to apply the same fervour they apply to their studies to the salvation of souls, all of us would be able to account for the talents God entrusts to us. Many would be moved, through meditation on supernatural reality, to leave off their strictly human ambitions and listen to the voice of God within. He is calling them to complete dedication to the Will of God. Many are in conditions that would enable them to say: Lord, here I am; what would you have me do? Send me wherever you want, even to India (Liturgy of the Hours, loc. cit.).

Our own hearts may be inflamed with this same ardent concern for souls. Ordinarily, the Lord wants us to practise this virtue right in the midst of our everyday circumstances - in our family, at work and with our friends and acquaintances. A missionary. You dream of being a missionary. You vibrate like a Xavier, longing to conquer an empire for Christ - Japan, China; India, Russia; the peoples of North Europe, or of America, or Africa, or Australia!

Foster that fire in your heart, that hunger for souls. But don’t forget that you’re more of a missionary when you are simply obeying. Geographically far away from those apostolic fields, you work both here and there. Don’t you feel your arm tired - like Xavier’s - after administering Baptism to so many? (J. Escrivá, The Way, 315). We can still encounter many people in our daily circumstances - at the university, in business and within any social milieu - who are still living far removed from the warmth and glory of the Faith.

With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at www.totusbookstore.com ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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