THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
August 20-26, 2018
Though the Hebrews of the Old Testament believed that the Messiah would be born of one of their own and that this Messiah would only bring salvation to them, Isaiah, the Prophet, had other ideas. God speaks to Isaiah about his concept of salvation. Observe what is right, do what is just, for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, ministering to him, loving the name of the Lord and becoming his servants…their…sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7
We are those people. In the New Testament St. Paul made that concept of God very clear. He became known as the Apostle to the Gentiles. He yearns for his people to be reconciled to God through the acceptance of Jesus. He hopes that his people will see the light through so many gentiles coming to and accepting the faith. He also reminds us that our disobedience calls forth God’s mercy. Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32
In Matthew 15: 21-28 Jesus gives us the strong example of a gentile seeking a healing for her daughter. Jesus tests her in a rather insulting manner, Jesus replies to her request, It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs, but she says, Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters. Wow! She’s just been called a dog, yet she is a wise and humble woman.
Jesus did this as an example to the apostles. Jesus replies to the woman, O, woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish. When we ask a favor of the Lord, we must be humble and faith-filled.
This week is the great Feast of the Queenship of Mary on Tuesday. She sits on a throne next to God, where she has “his ear.” We should be confident that we can call upon her to intercede with God. Who can refuse the plea of a mother?
St. Pius X is the pope who granted the reception of Holy Communion to7 year olds. Children are so much more perceptive about many things. Jesus loved children, so Pope Pius X recognized that children can understand the presence of Jesus.
St. Rose was from Lima, Peru; a lay woman of great goodness and compassion. She wanted to be a religious sister, but her family was poor and needed her to support them. She lived in small house behind her home, ministering to her family and the poor, while spending much time in prayer. Being a Dominican tertiary, a lay group committed to the ideals and works of the Order, she was allowed to wear the habit of the Dominicans.
Little is known of St. Bartholomew, Apostle. Some historians say that he preached in India and Greater Armenia or even Egypt. We don’t even know his first name, as his name means, “Son of…” He suffered martyrdom through beheading. However, what greater identification, then to be an “apostle with Jesus?”
As we look at our country struggle to identify itself and clarify its values, we need more than ever to visibly demonstrate our Christian beliefs. We cannot stand by and hope our country will come to the moral standard of God. Many in our country have tried to eliminate God from public life, believing that he is the threat to our way of life. But we see in today’s turmoil, this is not true. The lack of communication, hate, racism, bigotry and violence walk our streets. We cannot hit back with the same degree of hate and violence. We must show that a country with respect for God will respect each other and heal those who wish evil on others. Let us stand as the presence of God and love our enemies.
Walking with you in faith.
Sister Rosemarie Goins, Director