Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An Eternal Wage is Offered You

By Beth DeCristofaro

Now thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways! You have sown much, but have brought in little; you have eaten, but have not been satisfied; You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated; have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed; And whoever earned wages earned them for a bag with holes in it. (Haggai 1:6)

Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And (Herod) kept trying to see him. (Luke 9:9)

Set our hearts aflame, O Lord, with the Spirit of your charity, we pray, that we may always think thoughts worthy and pleasing to your majesty and love you sincerely in our brothers and sisters. Through Christ our Lord.

Several of our friends served as Eucharistic Ministers or attended Mass with the Pope yesterday.  As Jean, Jeff, Chris, Gary, Jean, Mel, Robert, Tuck and others prepared for their time with Pope Francis, I was thankful that the Pope would be surrounded by so many holy people who hold him up with their prayers and spirits.  And then I was even more grateful that Pope Francis sees holiness in each of us, often in spite of ourselves, and calls us to act on that internal well of grace gifted us by our loving God.

In today’s Gospel, Herod speculates about tales of a wonder-worker.  Herod beheaded John who chastised him on his adultery.  Often authority and power do not want to be challenged with morals or truth.  And of course we know that Herod did, in fact, see Jesus.  When Jesus was brought before him on trial, Jesus refused to play Herod’s games.  Herod rendered himself blind both to Jesus’ divinity and holy humanity by his own ego and cruelty.  Herod worked, was Tetrarch, at the pleasure of Rome which resulted in wages that secured him only a bag with holes in it.  He traded in the gift of Life offered by Jesus for a life of pomp and excess. 

The media coverage and excitement over the Pope’s visit is reassuring.  It says how much people long for something bigger, holier and need a moral compass.  The cheering crowds are energizing; I teared up as I saw our Catholic Vice President greeting Pope Francis at Joint Air Force Base Andrews.  But I wonder when the last time was when I cheered and jumped for joy when I spent time with Jesus in prayer?  How can I reinvigorate my desire to “see” Jesus in the everyday, ordinary “parade” of events which is my life?  How to best to show my excitement and gratitude that the Savior of the world chooses to spend time with me?  How can you?  Do we sow, eat, drink, buy or work for wages which are ephemeral or eternal?

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