In our best moments we know that we are works in progress – people growing through the ups and downs of life – and that we have to follow directions because some assembly is required. May we trust in the Lord to lead us through this life as we follow with all our heart.
They are two great lights in the Church, and their influence has shaped the lives of billions of Christians over the last 2000 years. May the example of these two saints inspire us to follow the Lord with all our heart!
All of the readings today reveal the compassion of God that flows from the sacred heart of Christ. God’s mercy reaches out to us, invites us to reconcile, and urges us to turn away from our sins and toward the Lord. May we accept this amazing grace!
Life challenges us with difficulties and distractions, temptations and turmoil. How do we find the strength and wisdom to navigate? Jesus offers the answer when he says that the storms of life are securely faced when we build our lives on the rock of faith.
It’s our actions, not our words, that reveal to others the contents of our hearts. The Lord makes this clear when he teaches that we know people by the fruitfulness of their lives. May Christ’s words inspire us to bear fruit in all that we do!
Psalm 15 offers some beautiful advice for living a just life for the Lord. Holiness is not just found in the extraordinary; often, our most powerful Christian witness occurs in the normal, everyday interactions that we have with one another.
There are several powerful points that surface in this week’s Scripture readings. Here are a few key thoughts:
1st Reading – Elisha seeks to follow Elijah
Psalm – “You are my inheritance, O Lord.”
2nd Reading – Paul reminds us that we are free in Christ to live in the Spirit
Gospel – Jesus invites, “Come follow me.”
It’s this notion of following the Lord that I’d like to focus on this week. What does it mean to follow Jesus Christ? What does it mean to say that he is the Lord of our lives? Consider these thoughts:
Christ is the #1 priority of our lives, above all else
We seek to follow his teaching and example in all things
In our weakness and sin, we strive to seek his forgiveness & mercy
We recommit our lives every day as his disciples
We open our hearts to grow daily in his grace
Practically, I’d like to suggest to key points to help us follow the Lord. First, what are the obstacles that are keeping me away from Jesus today? There are many things that can block our path to the Lord – distraction, fear, preoccupation, overly busy, exhaustion, worry – and sometimes we need to recognize these concerns and put them in perspective.
Second, what are the gifts that I bring to the Lord? God has blessed each one of us in unique and precious ways…how might we set our talents before the feet of Christ for his service in the world? How might we use our lives today to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to others?
The Lord said, “Come follow me.” As we embrace this invitation, may we offer our lives with complete conviction as walk with Jesus today.
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Note: This post was first published on June 20, 2016.
The Eucharist was defined and commanded by the Lord so that his disciples would be strengthened with his Body and Blood to face the challenges of life. May we receive Jesus Christ through our participation at Mass with fervent desire!
The Lord’s insight about useless worry addresses a common human condition. We can easily waste the gift of life being anxious over things that give us nothing in return! Instead, may we focus on the Kingdom of God for the grace and strength we need.
Jesus offers sound spiritual advice that has practical application to our daily lives. Our treasures reveal the depth of our hearts and display what we value and cherish. May we consider the things of heaven to help guide how we live each day here on earth.