“Mary has chosen the better part…” Lk. 10:42

07-14-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

If you come to think of it, Mary's posture is that of disciple, sitting beside the Lord at His feet totally absorbed at every word that comes from the mouth of Her Master. Her focus was to just listen to Jesus, like a disciple listening to His Rabbi. (Acts. 22:3) In discipleship there is a time to listen and there is a time to serve. The posture of Mary is exactly what the voice in the Transfiguration asked every disciple to do, "Listen to Him" (Lk. 9:35). If only Martha realized the great blessing that she was missing, by trying to serve the Lord. When instead she should have been listening to Him. Mary choosing the better part also meant, that the aspect that takes priority in welcoming the Lord is "listening to Him," and to His message of salvation. That is exactly what Mary was doing. The better part, like a good soil… is to absorb all the nourishment that comes from the Lord.

Is our life dominated by the many cares of the world? Do we have time every day to really listen to our Lord? Prayer is listening to the Lord; do we have time to pray?

Be in God,
Fr. Bing

Fifteenth Sunday

07-07-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing

“Who is my neighbor?” Lk. 10:29

The central figure of the Gospel today is the Good Samaritan, the one who had compassion upon his neighbor, a person in need and treated him with mercy. We need to actively help our neighbor. They are the people we meet, and are with, in the present moment.

Our God is the Best Samaritan. He is always moved by compassion for those who are in need, and He acts to save them. Just as God showed compassion and mercy to those in need, we also are to act in mercy and compassion to those around us. As Pope Francis says, one day we will be face to face with God, and God will look at us and say to us, “Do you remember the people you met who are in need?” “That was me.”

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Fourteenth Sunday

06-30-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing

“Rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Lk. 10:20

Joy is one of the marks of the followers of Christ. In the Gospel the 72 disciples returned from their mission rejoicing. Since the Gospel is a treasure, all who are entrusted with it should be spiritually rich, and have hearts rejoicing. Although radical poverty was demanded of them, they did not mind because they knew that they had a Shepherd guarding and providing for them. The Gospel describes the disciples coming back rejoicing for the many wonderful things God had done through them. But most especially, it is because “their names are written in heaven.” Meaning, that there is a permanent home for them in the heart of God, and safety and security in His communion.

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Thirteenth Sunday

06-23-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing

“Follow me.” Lk. 9:59

As Jesus went from one place to another, more and more people wished to follow Him. The first disciples, the Apostles “left everything and followed Him.” In the Gospel, many of those attracted to follow the Lord still have attachments to their old life, and their way of thinking is different from Jesus. Following the Lord oftentimes requires a radical “Yes” and commitment to a “way of life,” the Way of Life of Jesus. Sometimes the will and the spirit are willing to follow the way of the Lord, but at the same time seek recognition and approval of others. This kind of will and spirit will not lead to genuine holiness.

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Corpus Christi Sunday

06-16-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing

“Blessed and broke them and gave them to the disciples...” Lk. 9:16

The multiplication of loaves introduces the super abundance of gifts that is the sign and proof of the Messianic age and prefigures the Eucharist. When we receive the body and blood of Christ, we increase our communion with the Lord, forgive our venial sins, and it preserves us from grave sin. The Eucharist strengthens the bond of charity between the communicants and Christ, and reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ. (CCC 1416)

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Trinity Sunday

06-09-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing

“He will glorify me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine...” Jn. 16:14-15a

These verses reveal the special relationship and the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. There is complete unity and equality in the three divine Persons of the Holy Trinity. In verses 14-15, everything that the Father has is the Son’s, and everything that the Son has is the Father’s, while the third person of the Trinity has what is common to the Father and the Son, in a knowledge known as divine essence. The encounter of the Father and the Son takes place in the Holy Spirit.

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Receive the Holy Spirit

06-02-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing

"Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." Jn. 20:23

The Lord instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation after his resurrection, he breathed upon them, and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit…” It is the belief of the Fathers of the Church that by this uplifting action of Jesus, and the words that followed this gift, the power of forgiving and retaining sins was granted upon the Apostles and their lawful successors. This was the will of the Father expressed through the Son, the power to reconcile the faithful who have fallen after their baptism. (Council of Trent, De Penetentia, chap. 1)

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