Come on, let us kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns here;. Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead,. They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.
Scripture Challenge — March 2 — Galatians, chapters The Diocese of Joliet is looking for college-age men and women who are interested in teaching for our Totus Tuus program this summer. This is a great opportunity to fall deeper in love with Jesus, to share your faith with the young people of our diocese, and to make some money. Teachers do not need to be from the Diocese of Joliet. Today in our spiritual spring training, we focus on identity and jealousy. On any team, it is easy to lose focus of our identity on the team and to become jealous of those who are getting more playing time or attention than us.
There are many twists and turns to the story — jealousy, betrayal, forgiveness, love and mercy. Israel also known as Jacob had twelve sons who formed the twelve tribes of Israel. So one day they plotted to kill Joseph. Instead of killing him, they sold him into slavery to the Ishmaelites, who in turn took Joseph to Egypt. For some reason, they thought that if they killed their brother, they would feel better. The same is true for us. When we are not grounded in our identity as beloved children of God the Father, we try to hurt others so that we can feel better about ourselves.
Athletes become jealous of their teammates that seem to get special treatment from the coach or get more playing time. Eventually, Joseph worked his way up to be second in command to the pharaoh in Egypt because of his ability to interpret dreams. Little did they realize that they would have to ask their baby brother for the food, the same brother they sold into slavery. Joseph had the power to take revenge on his brothers, but he forgave them and showed them mercy.
Joseph gave them the food that they needed to survive. What would I do in this situation? Joseph is an Old Testament figure of Jesus. Jesus also was betrayed and killed because of jealousy. However, He forgave those who had Him crucified and He saved the world through His passion, death and resurrection. Jesus feeds all of us with His Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Also, Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver; Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Do I become jealous of others for the gifts and talents they have?
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Am I grounded in my identity as a beloved child of God? Can I rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep? As members of the team called the Mystical Body of Christ, God has given each one of us special gifts and talents. We are all called to use these gifts and talents to the best of our ability to build up the Mystical Body here on earth, to make this Team better. Each one of us is beloved in the eyes of God the Father. He gazes on us with the purest love. He does not want us to be jealous of one another; He wants us to rejoice in the talents of others, especially those who are using their gifts as He intended.
Y sus hermanos le hicieron caso. Hoy en nuestro entrenamiento espiritual de primavera, nos enfocamos en la identidad y los celos. Lo mismo ocurre con nosotros. Cuando no estamos fundamentados en nuestra identidad como hijos amados de Dios Padre, tratamos de lastimar a otros para que podamos sentirnos mejor con nosotros mismos. Cada uno de nosotros es amado a los ojos de Dios el Padre. Share this:. Like this: Like Loading Thought for Thursday, 2nd Week of Lent March 1, Scripture Challenge — March 1 — Galatians, chapters Today, during our spiritual spring training, we focus on trusting God.
In whom do I put my trust? We trust in ourselves, in the power of our human minds and the strength of our human flesh. Our souls do not get fed when we are self-reliant. It fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green. Think about our physical bodies. If we ate junk food all day what would happen to our bodies? It would begin to fall apart and die. The same is true for our souls. If we feed our soul with spiritual junk food distasteful TV and internet, less-than-helpful books, pornography, gossip, grudges, etc. God awaits us patiently.
Yet He is the answer to all our questions, all our ills, and all our longings. He just wants us to turn to Him in faith, hope and trust. How do I stay connected to the Vine to receive His grace? Hoy, en nuestro entrenamiento de la primavera, nos enfocamos en confiar en Dios.
Confiamos en nosotros mismos, en el poder de nuestras mentes humanas y en la fuerza de nuestra carne humana. Nuestras almas no se alimentan cuando somos autosuficientes. No teme el calor cuando viene, sus hojas permanecen verdes. Jn 15, 5. Lo mismo es para nuestras almas. Dios nos espera pacientemente. Leave a Comment Posted in Uncategorized. Thought for Wednesday, 2nd Week of Lent February 28, Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve. Scripture Challenge — February 28 — 2 Corinthians, chapters I will be offering a parish mission starting this Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. Some players would never think of sacrificing to help the team. In the spiritual life, sacrificial love is one of the hardest fundamentals to achieve, but it is the most rewarding, in my opinion.
When we, like Jesus, learn how to give of ourselves completely to follow the will of our Father, we find our true vocation, we find our true identity, and we have a sense of fulfillment, peace and joy that nothing in this world can give us. Jesus pulled the apostles aside to tell them what was going to happen in Jerusalem.
He was trying to prepare them for His passion and death by telling them He would be condemned, mocked, scourged and crucified. She wanted her two sons to have the most powerful seats in the kingdom on the right and left of Jesus.
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We see this today, do we not? Some of us seek power, honor, pleasure and wealth, thinking these things will make us happy. Jesus tells them that He does not have the power to place anyone at His right or left, but they must drink from the chalice that Jesus offered. What is this chalice? It is the chalice of His blood — one of self-offering, self-surrender, obedience to the Father, suffering and unconditional love.
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Am I willing to sacrifice my desires for the good of God and others? Or do I seek opportunities to serve in humility, without expecting anything in return? Do I serve my neighbor hoping to go unnoticed? Am I willing to lay down my life for others? Would I be willing to suffer for Jesus? Take time today to practice this fundamental in the Christian life. Serve others. Seek no attention. Check your ego at the door and love with humility. Give your life away for the sake of Jesus and you will find it.
Just like a team player sacrifices his personal goals for the good of the team, we are called to sacrifice what we want for the good of God and His team. Ironically, when we do this, we find blessings beyond our imagination. Hoy lo fundamental en nuestro entrenamiento espiritual de primavera es el amor sacrificial. Algunos jugadores nunca pensaron en sacrificarse para ayudar al equipo. Si quieren ser grandes en el Reino, deben servirse unos a otros, no dominarse. Toma tiempo hoy para practicar este fundamento en la vida cristiana. Revisa tu ego en la puerta y ama con humildad.
Apenas como un jugador de equipo sacrifica sus metas personales por el bien del equipo, estamos llamados a sacrificar lo que queremos para el bien de Dios y su equipo. Thought for Tuesday, 2nd Week of Lent February 27, Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,.
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Scripture Challenge — February 27 — 2 Corinthians, chapters The Church invites us to reflect on integrity today as the fundamental for our spiritual spring training. There are many definitions of integrity, but I would define it as a quality of practicing what you preach. Do I say one thing and do another or do my actions and words match? Does my public image and life match with what I do privately? Jesus respected the position of the scribes and Pharisees. He encouraged the people to observe their teachings because they held places of religious authority.
But Jesus also taught His disciples not to follow their poor example because they did not practice what they preached. They did everything to be seen, but their hearts were empty. These leaders were not people of integrity. Jesus warned the religious leaders not to widen their phylacteries little boxes with Scripture quotes in them or lengthen the tassels reminder of their religious obligations and the Exodus from Egypt in order to be seen.
We too must be careful not to focus on external observances of our faith in order to be seen. Do I go to Church and look pious or pray publicly so that people see me, while my heart is far from the Lord? There is much that we can learn from this reading. As a religious leader in the Church, this reading calls me to deeper holiness, humility and integrity.
I pray to God that I am not a leader who teaches one thing and practices another. The best leaders have first learned how to be faithful followers. My name is Father Masters. My dear grandmother, who was not Catholic, pointed this Scripture out to me when I was feeling the call to priesthood. At first, she was not excited about me becoming a priest, but she came around later.
I think what Jesus is saying is that all leaders are called to be humble servants. If we use our titles and positions of authority to lord our power over others, we are terribly misguided. Our authority must come from the cross, the greatest sign of humility, and our complete trust in Christ. We are called to serve and not to be served. Am I leading a double life — one in the public eye and another in my private life?
Do I ask others to do things that I am unwilling to do? Lord, help us to be people of integrity. If I am leading a double life or if my heart is divided, help me to change. Help me to live my life devoted entirely to You. Transform my life so completely that all my words and actions give you alone honor and glory. Hagan, pues, todo lo que les digan, pero no imiten sus obras, porque dicen una cosa y hacen otra. Todo lo hacen para que los vea la gente. La Iglesia hoy nos invita a reflexionar en la integridad como el fundamento para nuestro entrenamiento espiritual de primavera.
Hay mucho que podemos aprender de esta lectura. Mi nombre es Padre Masters Padre Maestro. Nuestra autoridad debe venir de la cruz, el mayor signo de humildad, y nuestra plena confianza en Cristo. Estamos llamados a servir y no a ser servidos. Thought for Monday, 2nd Week of Lent February 26, Scripture Challenge — February 26 — 2 Corinthians, chapter As we continue our spiritual spring training, today the Lord invites us to reflect on mercy. Am I a merciful person? Do I judge, condemn and gossip easily, or do I forgive freely? Jesus tells us that we will receive in the same measure that we give.
Jesus asks us to be merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful. How merciful is the Father? He is infinitely merciful. Jesus is the perfect reflection of the Father. How would I react if I were Jesus? How do I react when I am hurt in much smaller ways? How do I learn to forgive? I believe the more we experience the mercy of God in our own lives, the more merciful we can be with others. If I see myself as perfect and without need of mercy, I tend to be more judgmental of others. However, if I recognize my sinfulness and experience the infinite mercy of God, I am more likely to be merciful with those who have hurt me.
I remember Fr. Reflecting on my sinfulness has been an important journey for me recently. Someone opened up to me about past sins that touched something deep in my own soul. Listening to him, I was reminded of my own past sins, and I was faced with a choice. I opted for the latter.
I opened up to a friend and to God in a very vulnerable way. It was scary and I feared being judged and rejected. However, I experienced some of the deepest healing and freedom of my life.
I now understand why the woman caught in adultery became such a fervent disciple of Jesus. I pray that I can be the instrument of this type of mercy and healing to all the people God places in my path. I have found that God sends people to me who have experienced things similar to me. Since I have gone down the path of healing, I can help others down the same path, trusting in the Lord the whole way. We often react out of our own woundedness by judging and condemning others. If I can focus on the faults of others, I can keep people away from my wounds.
We are afraid to be vulnerable and admit our human weakness. When we experience healing, we become a powerful instrument in the hands of God and the devil does not like that. Have I been vulnerable and shared my wounds with God and maybe a trusted friend? Have I experienced the infinite love and mercy of the Father? Do I give away freely what I have first received from God? Tememos ser vulnerables y admitir nuestra debilidad humana.
Thought for 2nd Sunday of Lent — Year B. He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Listen to him. Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone. Scripture Challenge — February 25 — 2 Corinthians, chapter Think about what was coming up — the passion, crucifixion and death of Jesus.
Jesus wanted to show them there was hope when things looked bad. He wanted them to see that there was new life after death even when things looked bleak. We too may have mountaintop experiences with our Lord. It might be the birth of your child. It might be a retreat experience. It might be a walk in nature. It might be receiving your first Communion or Reconciliation or some other sacrament.
I believe that the Lord reveals Himself to us in glory many times during our lives. He is trying to show us that He is with us always, as He promised before ascending into heaven. He is trying to show us His love always. And Jesus wants us to hold onto hope when things look bad. We also all have desert experiences when we feel like God is nowhere to be found. Ignatius of Loyola says that we should remember these mountaintop experiences, for they will carry us through the desert periods of life.
He says the powerful experiences of God are like never-ending fonts of grace that we can return to time and time again. For example, the first time I received Communion by accident I had a mountaintop experience. I felt the presence of Jesus Christ in my heart at that moment so powerfully. The Transfiguration was not just meant for Peter, James and John, but for you and me as well. NOOK Book. Cada palabra fue inspirada por Dios 2 Tim. Ahora que eres cristiano, debes entender plenamente la importancia de tu Biblia.
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