Saturday, January 31, 2015

Preach the Gospel Always: February 1, 2015

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Deborah Boucher

In this week’s reading (Deuteronomy 18: 15-20) we hear Moses tell the people God will send them a prophet.  As Christians we recognize Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God, in this passage.  While we have never actually seen Jesus face to face we have seen God in others.

Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words; is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, who lived a simple life reforming his religious order, and by doing so, brought people closer to God.  Who have the prophets been in your personal life?  Who preached the Gospel to you daily by their actions?  Was it your father, who woke early to pray before going off to his job?  Was it your mother, who made sure your lessons were done for school and religion class?  Was it a grandparent, who prayed the rosary, and who taught you to love prayer?  Was it a teacher or perhaps a coach who helped you realize your potential, by recognizing the gifts you possess?   Was it a brother or sister who spent time with you and helped you grow closer to God?  We all have people in our lives that have lead us, and continue to lead us to God, we only need to look to recognize them.  They are all around us, some here with us, while others are in heaven praying for us.

How many times have you read something by or about Pope Francis, or seen photos of him reaching out to the people around him?   Hasn’t that touched your heart, and helped you better understand our loving God?   We can follow these wonderful examples and become a person who by our actions and words leads others to God. 

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