Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17
The parents were going away for a long weekend and Grandma and Grandpa were coming to stay with the kids. The mother trusted her adolescent sons and their younger sister to behave and to know what was permitted and what was not acceptable behavior. They were basically good kids, and yet…
One of the blessings or curses of motherhood is the near compulsion to organize the details of her kids’ lives, to make sure there are no loose ends left dangling which could lead to trouble or at least unnecessary stress and tension. Mother knew the children knew what was expected, but she could not help herself.
"Don’t pick on your sister or fight with your brother,"
"Get your homework done and no TV or video games after 9 o’clock"
"Help Grandma with the dishes, feed the dog and put him out regularly."
"And don’t try to pull a fast one on Grandpa or you will be grounded for 10 years when we get home."
As the liturgical year begins to come to an end, the readings focus on the "end things" and the departure of Jesus. Today’s Gospel contains a series of sayings and admonitions from Jesus on the way his disciples are expected to interact without him. It is almost like a type of last minute advice and warning about who they were expected to be. Jesus needed to make sure they had understood the meaning of his life and the presence of his Father in him. He trusted them and yet…
Even though scandal will arise about you, don’t YOU be the source or cause of it. Be aware of what you do and how others see you.
Correct each other lovingly if you are aware of wrongdoing.
Forgive one another and ask for forgiveness with sincerity.
Don’t doubt your faith – it will grow and deepen and you will be amazed at what will result.
Many people, as they approach the final years of life, have accumulated a depth of wisdom and insight about what really gives meaning and value to life. Often as they are preparing to depart from this physical life, there is a need to pass this wisdom on to those they love, to leave a legacy of lessons learned and truths understood. Yet it can sometimes be a challenge to those to whom this wisdom is given to listen with love and humility and to acknowledge the need to be reminded that there is much to learn. May we all be willing to share the lessons and insights life has bestowed but more importantly to listen to those who have so much to give.
Cathy Anthony is on the staff of St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, Detroit, Michigan.