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Becoming a Servant

As we draw a closer and closer to the end of our liturgical year, the readings focus us on eschatological events. It brings our attention to the identity of Jesus and what his ultimate goal is. The readings have now begun to build up to the climatic end of the feast of Christ the King, when Christ is finally revealed has king of the whole world.  However, with the readings now, we learn a part of Jesus that is new to the disciples. We learn that Jesus will be/ is the suffering servant. That he has come to serve and not to be served (Mk 10:45) and that he has come to set an example in living our lives (Jh 13:15).

    Again this weekend we hear the second of three passion predictions. (the eschatological element to the reading) The disciples had just witnessed the transfiguration of the Lord into his heavenly, perfect, figure talking with Moses and Elijah. Jesus then bursts their bubbles, by bringing them back into reality saying that he must be: betrayed, killed and resurrected o…

Making the Unattractive the Attractive

Since the beginning of the Advent Season last ​December we ​​have been journeying in Liturgical Year B which allows us ​​to hear ​the proclaimed ​scripture from ​the perspective of a different evangelist. For this past liturgical year we have been hearing the readings from “Cycle B” of the liturgical readings.​ Cycle B allows us to hear and be inspired by the Gospel of Mark​  which is the shortest of the four gospels and is accepted as being the first gospel written.  Mark was writing to a Christian community that was under great persecution from the Romans. Within his Gospel, therefore, Mark was trying to explain who Jesus is, and what it means to be His follower within the context of life and death. By doing this, Mark gives hope, encouragement and establishes a deeper faith in a counter-cultural man, named Jesus​ ​within the Christian community.​
     The Gospel this weekend has three different, but very important sections to it. It begins with the famous question “Who do you…

Listening and Responding

Since his election on March 13th 2013, Pope Francis has given the church a renewed mission to serving and aiding the poor and marginalized. He has made an effort, in being pope, to refocus the mission of the church to care for the poor. In his Encyclical The Joy of The Gospel His Holiness writes," If we who are God's means of hearing the poor, turn deaf ears to this plea, we oppose the Fathers will and his plan... A lack of solidarity towards his or her needs will directly affect our relationship with God. " (187) Throughout his papacy, thus-far, the pope practices what he preaches. He has installed wash rooms with showers for the homeless, he has had sleeping bags with his coat of arms given out at night, he has has barber shops open for the poor, and much more for the sake of poor.

     The letter from St James, that we hear this weekend is a continuation from last weekend. WE heard, last weekend, James preaching that Faith, without works, is dead. This week, he …

3 Years of Pray To God Today!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Four years ago today, I started a new adventure in my life, a blogging one. An adventure that would use creativity, courage, intelligence, time and perseverance. On September first 2011 I had started my first blog, Life of Us an Saints. It was a small blog, (but big in my head!) I remember my very first blog post was on Pope John Paul the Second, and how I thought he would be a good saint. I quote myself from 2011, I promise I haven't changed anything, " I am thinking by 2015 he will be a saint... Who knows it could be earlier or later." He was canonized in 2014. Wow! If you search hard enough, I am sure your could find the post. 
This blog had gone through a name change after it's first 15 days. I wish I could remember the original name. Unfortunately, I never did a post welcoming people to the blog. However, Life of us…