In the Month of August 2020, the Congregation of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters experienced joyful moments as many Sisters celebrated their Jubilees of consecrated life in different Provinces.
Heartfelt Congratulations dear Sisters!
Poland - Gdansk
On 05th August in the community of Gdansk the following Sisters celebrated their Jubilee:
65 years - Sr. Aldona Grondowska, Sr. Alina Gudaj, Sr. Floriana Doncer, Sr. Sylwina Krzyżak
60 years - Sr. Agnieszka Otta, Sr. Barbra Kamieniak, Sr. Felicjana Litwin, Sr. Szczepana Niemotko, Sr. Wirgilia Chmielewska
Its not easy and often we are not rewarded. We are like Paul. Once we have heard God in our hearts, we must spread God's Good News. This is an impulse of grace. Paul's admonition not to expect anything in return is so realistic. We all need support in ministry whether its caring for our family, others in the workplace, or speaking out about issues of injustice. Instead of expecting a grand applause or a plaque, we can look for small words of thanks and encouragement.
1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13; Lk 6:27-28
Codex von Rossano um 600
Today’s readings challenge our notion of what it means to love, stripping it of sentimentality, obligation, reciprocity, doing the minimum or whatever else we usually associate with it.
Paul’s letter to the Corinthians explores the morality of eating meat which has been slaughtered for pagan worship, not just as an act in itself as “right” or “wrong,” determined by what is prescribed by law, but rather in terms of its context: what effect is it going to have on the faith of the community? Will it build up their faith? Will Christians be seen as lukewarm in their faith - ambivalent about their beliefs, values and commitments - if they are seen eating meat sacrificed to idols? He invites them to a more sophisticated moral reasoning, clearly encouraging them to think about their lives and their behavior in terms of what is most loving for others – what will build up the faith of the community – not in terms of personal preferences, legalism or convenience.
Finding our Way to the Kingdom
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.”
There are ways of reading Luke’s beatitudes that exclude some readers. Am I poor, hungry, weeping, or persecuted? I have not sat in a jail cell, slept on a park bench, stood in line for a free meal, hung out at the library to stay warm, lost custody of my children, sunk into depression, or spent my old age alone. This is not who I am.
It is delightful, Dear Mary, to reflect upon your birth. We are so very accustomed to wishing people "Happy Birthday," but I don't think I've really taken the time to acknowledge your birthday in a personal way. I don't think I've stopped to thank God for the day you were born.
They Became Enraged!
“The Pharisees watched Jesus closely…so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.” If we look long enough at anyone, we will always find some sort of defect. But with Christ, there is no defect; there is only mercy, compassion and love. The Pharisees tried hard and long to find the strings that were attached to Christ's “miracles”, but could not find any. They followed him to look for signs of hypocrisy, they found none. They looked for a reason to accuse him, and when they could find none, they created their own stories and brought in their own witnesses or accomplices.
Ezekiel 33:7-9; Ps 95; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20
Throughout the world these days, we have experienced the horrors of violence and war and tremendous inhumanity. Some of us who are reading this reflection may be in the midst of this terrible violence. Others of us just read about it, but feel real pain at the suffering we read or see on the news.
God summons Ezekiel to be a prophet - to try to change the behavior of the people. So much does God want Ezekiel to take on this mission of transforming the hearts of the people, God even says God will hold Ezekiel responsible for the people's behavior.
1 Corinthians 4:6b-15
Psalm 145:17-18, 19-20, 21
Paul’s letter surely stung the brothers and sisters in Corinth. When one is a in a condition of being inflated, it is tough to have someone let the air out. But it is surely a prerequisite to being filled with something more substantial, perhaps something God-breathed.
Today’s gospel refers to problems associated with change. Jesus uses parables to teach about these problems, though his teaching is somewhat enigmatic. First, tearing a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one does seem silly. Other gospel writers record a slightly different parable, referring instead to a narrower problem of using unshrunken new cloth to patch an old garment, which causes the patch to tear away. (See Mark 2:21; Matthew 9:16). But Luke’s version points to the absurdity of ruining a new garment in order to patch an old one, when the patch will not even look right when it is completed – a doubly unsatisfying result.