Blessings to all as we close out this feast day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. co patroness of the Secular Franciscan Order (and also patroness of immigrants.) ... See this brief trailer about her life, and see several brief interviews with current Secular Franciscan servant-leaders, including Tibor Kauser, OFS, our Minister General.
(Note: The DVD came out in 2011, so you'll see the former SFO "call-letters" rather than the current OFS ones.)
This Sunday's Gospel (Luke 12:35-40) is an option with Masses for the Dead--for use in planning funerals--in our Catholic lectionary. Why? Perhaps because of the obvious theme of "being prepared" [Luke uses 'ready,' 'vigilant,' 'prepared,' 'at an hour you do not expect'].
We instantly think of our own death. And certainly we need to be prepared daily, because our own death will come 'at an hour you do not expect.'
Can you broaden your reference as you hear this Gospel? Where is there death happening in your city, your country, and somewhere else on another continent? Where is there death happening because of climate change?
The challenge just might be how am I, as a follower of the teachings of Jesus, supposed to be prepared to deal with the possibilities of these deaths? Am I prepared to help prevent these deaths? How can I stand up for the justice issues that can bring peace where there are violent deaths? Is praying enough--or am I to get involved? ... See MoreSee Less