Sunday, April 28, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Reflection:  Jesus’ time has barely passed and people are already trying to serve and worship Paul and Barnabas as gods.  They are trying to establish new churches and new leadership out of the men who are trying to guide them toward loving and serving God.  Do we not see this same mentality in our own culture?  We have come to serve money and success, rather than living out God’s command to love others and humble ourselves.  We see new churches started out of obedience to and service to individuals and their teachings, rather than obedience to and service to Jesus and His teachings.  If only those guiding others to worship money, success, and themselves would act as Paul did in proclaiming “men, why are you doing this?  We are of the same nature as you, human beings” and guide us all back to Jesus’ one, holy , catholic, and apostolic Church.

Reflection for younger saints:  The people try to serve Paul and Barnabas and say they are gods.  Paul and Barnabas tell them they are wrong, there is only one God, and they run away from them.  We must only serve and worship one true God and His Catholic Church.

Big Picture:  One God and one Church

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Can we worship people or things?  Did Jesus establish one Church or many?  Who must we serve and worship?  What Church must we follow?  Why?
     Older saints:  Reflect on how our society has come to worship success, money, individual beliefs, and churches established by individuals.  How have you been sucked into these trends?  What must you step back from to keep your eyes set on God alone?

Fun Fact:  The forth commandment is:  Honor thy father and thy mother.  In this we are commanded to honor, respect, obey, and help our parents.  By doing these things for our parents, we are also doing them for God.  The forth commandment forbids disrespect, unkindness, and disobedience to our parents and lawful superiors (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 93).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Catherine of Sienna
     What they are remembered for:  St. Catherine of Sienna is a magnificent example of completely surrendering your life to God.  St. Catherine of Sienna was the 23rd child in her family, and she protested her parent’s trying to find her a husband by cutting off all her hair.  She was a member of the Dominican Third Order who wrote letters to guide and encourage the faithful and spoke out against the political issues of her day.  She devoted the end of her life to prayer for the unity of the Church during the time of the Great Schism.
     Feast day:  April 29
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