Reeson’s Rambling :: July 30, 2017
Last week I was blessed to be able to attend the canonically required Priest’s retreat at St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska. I sometimes feel guilty for being away as I get way behind on e-mails, phone calls, hospital visits, appointments…
I am reminded, however, that Jesus was much busier than me, and he would often disappear for a period of time when people needed him. The people searching for him would discover that he had gone off by himself up to the mountain or to another secluded place to spend time alone in prayer and communion with God.
What was good for Jesus is good for me and good for you. I encourage each of you to take some time to recharge your spiritual batteries. The message of the retreat director, Fr. Larry Dolan, OFM, was simple. In the time of Pope Francis, we are to be people of Joy, knowing the love and mercy of God!
On Saturday the 22nd of July, I was blessed to be able to offer a prayer at the kickoff for a fun fund raiser to honor Jason and John Edwards, members of our parish who were killed in February 2016. A tragic and devastating event continues to bring the best out in people who remember the joy the Edwards brothers brought to the world and to raise money for a good cause.
I am probably not the best one to offer a prayer to kick off a golf tournament. I am not much of a golfer. I did golf two years ago and thought I did OK with a score of 64. After those first 3 holes, however I got tired and went to the clubhouse.
I think golf, prayer and religion are closely connected. Golf is an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle! Some think that golf is an adult version of an Easter egg hunt.
If golf balls could talk you might hear them say, “I once was lost, but now I’m found”. Of course, it is not good to talk to your golf balls, unless it is while your opponent is teeing off.
Golf has a lot in common with prayer. In both you keep your head bowed and call out to God. Golfers, however, often use a much different inflection when using God’s name. Before golfing, we pray, “may all of your golf balls lie down in green pastures and not still waters!”
Our parish was richly blessed in the past few weeks by several generous donations of stock by parishioners. The generosity of people in our parish motivates me, and I hope you, to be more generous. Consider the following:
If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.
A checkbook is a theological document; it will tell you who and what you worship.
Examples are few of men ruined by giving.
Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left.
One verse in every six in the first three Gospels relates, either directly or indirectly, to money. Sixteen of our Lord’s 44 parables deal with the use or misuse of money.
A loving, joyful, liberal giving to the Lord’s work is an acid test of a spiritual heart, pleasing to God.
Remember this—you can’t serve God and money, but you can serve God with money.
Your use of money shows what you think of God.
The world asks: “What does a person own?” God asks, “How does a person use what he or she has been given?”
Some people say, “Give till it hurts.” But God recommends that we give until it feels good. God loves a cheerful giver!