Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What is your "golden calf?" Thursday, March 14, 2013

Reflection:  Today we see just how quickly the Israelites forget the help and the guidance that God provided for them.  God delivered them from slavery and delivered them out of Egypt, yet they quickly turn toward worshiping other Gods.  We see this also in the experience of John the Baptist in which Jesus describes that “he was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.”  We tend to so quickly stray from following a holy path, and tend toward the path of least resistance in that “if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.”  Who are you following?  Are you following Christ and His Church, or have you been led astray to accept and follow another?  Have you forgotten the good deeds and gifts God has given you in your life and have turned toward worshiping your own “molten calf?”

Reflection for younger saints:  Today we are reminded of God’s first commandment:  I am the Lord thy God; though shalt not have strange gods before me.  In this, God commands us to offer supreme worship and honor to God alone.  The Israelites were drawn into sin and into worshiping their golden calf instead of honoring and worshiping and praising God for all He had done for them.

Big Picture:  God is God alone

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Sometimes we can be tempted to think other things in our life are more important than God.  Sometimes people desire money, sometimes people want things, and sometimes they spend more time on work or sports than they do in prayer with God.  God wants us to love Him the most.  God reminds us of this by making that the first commandment.  What is God’s first commandment to us?  What did the Israelites worship instead of worshiping God?
     Older saints:  Just as the Israelites quickly turned from God and fell into the temptation of worshiping something else, we can quickly fall to this temptation in our own life.  It can start out small, such as leaving Mass early for a sporting event or focusing our thoughts and attention on wanting the latest tech gadgets instead of focusing on God’s will for our life.  But, it can quickly evolve into our lives being consumed with our own desires and serving things other than God.  Do you have a “golden calf” in your life?  What do you need to change or re-structure in your life so that you can turn from this “golden calf” and turn back toward God?

Fun Fact:  The Tabernacle is the sacred box which holds the consecrated Body of Christ.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Matilda
     What they are remembered for:  St. Matilda was a daughter of royal lineage and married the man that soon became the King of Germany.  She is remembered for her charitable works throughout her life, along with building three convents and a monestary.
     Feast day:  March 14
     Patron Saint of:  parents of large families
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