Have you known that person? The one who leaves every person they encounter feeling a little more blessed for having met them? We wonder how they do it, how they have it in them. We’re a little envious, even if we don’t let ourselves acknowledge it.
Today’s readings call us to examine the motives behind our actions, especially those that lead us away from God and towards sin. Not only looking at what obstacles keep us from growing spiritually but also when we are a stumbling block to the growth of other people’s faith.
From push notifications and group messaging, to links to daily readings and your weekly bulletin, a parish app brings a wealth of information to your parishioners. However, just because you can do it all, doesn’t mean you necessarily should.
We run into trouble when the goals associated with our understanding of success are self-serving rather than in service of the Kingdom of God. We are conditioned into obtaining privilege and status, we forget about matters of the soul and heart.
Chris McAdams, the co-founder of C&M Publications, a 31-year full-service printing company located in Riverside, California, passed away August 3, 2021 at the age of 66.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Chris’ passing. He and his wife Magda are amazing people who worked tirelessly in their business to help parishes flourish,” said Joe Luedtke, LPi CEO. “LPi keeps the McAdams family in our thoughts and prayers.”
By telling us to “take up” our cross, Jesus isn’t saying that we have to meekly submit to unfair treatment and suffering or embrace a blind, “offer it up” sort of spirituality. And, while they may be opportunities for grace, illness, sad events or even disasters aren’t “the cross.”
Pop culture has given us a unique idea of the term justice. Justice is about taking. Taking what’s owed. Taking revenge. But when you remember the presence of an all-loving and all-merciful God, it turns our gunslinging sense of justice on its head.
Those whom Jesus heals cannot help but go around telling everyone they meet about the powerful prophet who restored them to health. For them, telling the story of Jesus’ healing power is part of the healing process itself.