Aloha nui to all on this Thursday of the 12th week of ordinary time!
This will be the last daily message from me. Starting tomorrow, I will be posting a weekly message for the upcoming week. This will lessen the load. And, don’t forget, our monthly bulletin will begin in July.
Today, in our Scriptures, we hear of a number of things that have to do with God: deliverance, compassion, help, glory, love, Kingdom, foundation and authority. Especially, in the gospel we hear Jesus speaking of having a strong foundation of faith and good works to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
May we place Jesus our Lord as our Rock, the one sure foundation upon which we rely for help, for He is compassionate and loving and is the rock that does not waver or collapse. Amen!
“For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us. May your compassion quickly come to us. Help us, O God our savior, because of the glory of your name.” (Psalm 79)
“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.” (John 14)
“Only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven will enter the Kingdom of heaven. Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. It did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. He taught them as one having authority.” (Matthew 7)
A Personal Reflection by Fr. Brian:
Here’s a good story:
“Today at 7am, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3pm I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.”
Good endings are nice! We love good endings! It makes us feel full of hope and gives us deep joy.
Well, that is also what we receive when we have a strong, sure foundation of faith in God! Let God be our rock, our strength! When we loose hope, God is there! God will always be there! For all eternity! For ever and ever, amen!
Blessings, pono and pule!
Fr. Brian Guerrini, ss.cc.