Both Fr. Jim and myself want to take this opportunity to personally thank the parishioners of both Saint Bernard and Saint Francis. Through your generosity both parishes have reached their respective CSA goals specified by the Diocese. We will have the final totals in a future bulletin. Thank you again.
Today’s Psalm and its response set the tone for what it means to be a follower of Jesus. The response or refrains says this: “Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.” Last week we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and along with that we celebrated our own baptism. The words of the refrain echo in our ears what it means to not only be baptized, but also what it means to be a disciple, a follower of Jesus.
As Jesus was led into the desert after being baptized, He was tempted by the devil. In response to one of the devil’s temptations, Jesus said: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”
“Sacrifices or offerings you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me.” What a wonderful reminder and challenge that these words present to us. Many times, we go through a lot of actions, but our hearts and minds are not in it. We do it for show and recognition. We have to have a listening heart, in order to hear Jesus, speak to us. Don’t be afraid of the silence; for in the silence Jesus can speak to our hearts.
“Your law is within my heart,” How often we may say: “I do not know what to do, how can I find out?” The answer is right there: “In your heart.” What is this law that is written in our heart? It is simply what we know as the Ten Commandments. Or when Jesus was questioned about this, He responded: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 23: 38-40). Jesus reminds us who our neighbor is through the story of the Good Samaritan.
So then, let our mantra or motto be: “Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.”