Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time & Venerable Solanus Casey, November 5,2016
Jesus promises, “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.” Why? Because there exists no division in such a person’s heart. The person who remain steadfast in trust in every matter thanks to his or her union with Christ can claim with confidence, “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.”
“Lord, may the fire of your love burn in my heart that I may be wholly devoted to you above all else. Free me from greed and attachment to material things that I may be generous in using the gifts and resources you give me for your glory and for the good of my neighbor.” Amen.
Brothers and sisters:
I rejoice greatly in the Lord
that now at last you revived your concern for me.
You were, of course, concerned about me but lacked an opportunity.
Not that I say this because of need,
for I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself,
to be self-sufficient.
I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances;
I know also how to live with abundance.
In every circumstance and in all things
I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,
of living in abundance and of being in need.
I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.
Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.
You Philippians indeed know that at the beginning of the Gospel,
when I left Macedonia,
not a single church shared with me
in an account of giving and receiving, except you alone.
For even when I was at Thessalonica
you sent me something for my needs,
not only once but more than once.
It is not that I am eager for the gift;
rather, I am eager for the profit that accrues to your account.
I have received full payment and I abound.
I am very well supplied because of what I received from you
“a fragrant aroma,” an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
My God will fully supply whatever you need,
in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
The word of the Lord.
Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a and 9
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters
is also trustworthy in great ones;
and the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones.
If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is yours?
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things and sneered at him.And he said to them, “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection 1 – God and mammon never meet
Serving God and mammon will never meet. They contradict each other as each motivates man to make totally different choices. Serving mammon makes one opt for what is tangible, what is pleasurable and satisfying to the senses. Choosing to serve the world can only gratify one’s ego and can make one believe that he can do it on his own without God at his side. It will never satisfy and will only drive one to endlessly hope and work for more and more.
Serving the world will never form a man’s character to be Christ-like but instead will allow greed, avarice and lust to breed and be deeply imbedded in one’s heart. Serving the world and making it our master can only lead to corruption and even total destruction. Being committed to money, power, influence and wealth makes the world more real than the promises we have in our Lord.
Every man must make a choice between commitment to the world and commitment to God. Money, wealth, power and influence which the world affords every man has no true and distinct value and should only be used as instruments to lead all of us to our next life, to win souls for our Lord and form friendships that will endure throughout eternity. We should look at them as special gifts and blessings poured on to us by God so that we may achieve the life He has waiting for all of us in His heavenly kingdom. In no way shall we treat them as an end as we only have one Lord and Master and that is our God.
We are all God’s steward in His vineyard duly entrusted with His blessings and we are all expected to put them into good use. To faithfully serve God, we should be able to show Him how we used them for the glory and expansion of His kingdom.
Bigger things from the Lord await those who can be entrusted with little things like money for God will entrust with them the elusive wealth which will truly be lasting.
As we all journey back to our Father let us remember what Jesus said: “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other or be attentive to the one and despise the other. You cannot give yourself to God and money.”
As we make our choices in life, lets us ask God for guidance and wisdom. Let us choose Christ and be loyal to Him and to those who are able to strengthen us in the gospel. Let us ask Him to give us the strength to align ourselves with what is right and acceptable no matter how difficult it could be. Let us preach God’s Word and proclaim it to the ends of the earth! “To him, the God who alone is wise, may glory be given through Jesus Christ unto endless ages. Amen.
Choose to Serve and Love God by serving and loving His people-not the world!.
Give yourself only to God and no on else by being a good steward.
Heavenly Father, allow me not to seek the world for selfish gain but enable me to properly use the world and its benefits for your glory. In Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Reflection 2 – Who will entrust to you the true riches?
What does “tainted money” (or “unrighteous mammon”) have to do with heavenly treasure and eternal life? Jesus exhorts his disciples to be like the shrewd steward who used money generously to make friends and win for himself a secure and happy future (see the parable of the dishonest steward in Luke 16:1-9). Generous giving is connected with alms-giving – the sharing of our financial and material resources with those in need (Luke 12:33). Those who receive alms become your friends because you are merciful to them in their time of need, just as God is merciful to you in your need for his forgiveness and help.
The rabbis had a saying, “The rich help the poor in this world, but the poor help the rich in the world to come.” Ambrose, a 4th century bishop commenting on the parable of the rich fool who tore down his barns to build bigger ones to store his goods. said: The bosoms of the poor, the houses of widows, the mouths of children are the barns which last forever. The true treasure which lasts is the treasure stored up for us in heaven. God richly rewards those who give generously from the heart to help those in need.
True generosity does not impoverish – but enriches – the giver
What is the enemy of generosity? It’s greed, the excessive desire for personal gain and security. However, we do not need to be afraid for true generosity does not impoverish the giver, but enriches that person a hundredfold! Generosity expands the soul – but greed contracts it. God is generous and superabundant in lavishing his gifts upon us. We can never outmatch God in generosity. He has given us the best of gifts in sending us his only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who offered up his life for us on the cross. The Father also offers us the gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us with the fruit of peace, joy, patience, kindness, love, and self-control (Galatians 5:22) – and many other blessings as well. Everything we have is an outright gift of God. Do you know the joy and freedom of blessing others with the gifts and resources God has given to you?
What controls or rules your life?
Jesus concludes his parable with a lesson on what controls or rules our lives. Who is the master (or ruler) in charge of your life? Our “master” is that which governs our thought-life, shapes our ideals, and controls the desires of the heart and the values we choose to live by. We can be ruled by many different things – the love of money or possessions, the power of position, the glamor of wealth and prestige, the driving force of unruly passions and addictions. Ultimately the choice boils down to two: God and “mammon”. What is mammon? “Mammon” stands for “material wealth or possessions” or whatever tends to “control our appetites and desires.”
When a number of the religious leaders heard Jesus’ parable they reacted with scorn (Luke 16:14). Jesus spoke to the condition of their hearts – they were lovers of money (Luke 16:14). Love of money and wealth crowd out love of God and love of neighbor. Jesus makes clear that our heart must either be possessed by God’s love or our heart will be possessed by the love of something else.
The Lord alone can satisfy our desires and give us generous hearts
There is one Master alone who has the power to set us free from greed and possessiveness. That Master is the Lord Jesus Christ who died to set us free and who rose to give us new abundant life. The Lord Jesus invites us to make him the Master and Lord of our lives. He alone can satisfy the desires of our heart and transform us in his love through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our money, time, and possessions are precious resources and gifts from God. We can guard them jealously for ourselves alone or allow the love of the Lord to guide us in making good use of them for the benefit of others – especially those in need – and for the work of the Lord in advancing his kingdom. Ask the Lord to fill your heart with a spirit of generosity and joy in sharing what you have with others.
“Lord Jesus, may the fire of your love burn in my heart that I may be wholly devoted to you above all else. Free me from greed and attachment to material things that I may be generous in using the gifts and resources you give me for your glory and for the good of my neighbor.” – Read the source: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/nov5.htm
Reflection 3 – Servant or Master
No servant can serve two masters . . . . You cannot serve God and mammon. –Luke 16:13
An Illinois resident asked his employer for a two-thirds pay cut in order to put his income below the poverty level. He reasoned that by making himself poor he would not have to pay income tax, and therefore he would not have to support military policies he didn’t agree with. This would make him more consistent in practicing his beliefs. A close friend commented, “He has a strong commitment to justice and peace, and I think this is his way of carrying that out.”
I’m not suggesting that we should follow his example, but he is a person who doesn’t want money to divert him from his ideals. He reminds me of Agur, the wise author of Proverbs 30, who expressed concern that too much or too little wealth can get in the way of commitment to God.
So we are left to consider it—money. The Illinois resident gave up part of it. Agur didn’t want too much or too little of it (Proverbs 30:7-9). Jesus used it (John 13:29). Paul could take it or leave it (Philippians 4:11-12). The rich young ruler clung to it (Luke 18:23). Ananias and Sapphira died because they lied to God about it (Acts 5).
What about our relationship to money? Do we use it wisely or does it control us? Is it our servant or our master? We cannot serve both God and money (Luke 16:13). — Mart De Haan
If money is your highest goal,
The thing you long to gain,
Its power will enslave your soul
And cause your life much pain. —DJD
Money is a good servant, but a poor master (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).
Reflection 4 – What’s Your Preoccupation?
No servant can serve two masters . . . .You cannot serve God and mammon. –Luke 16:13
The Lord’s teaching about money in Luke 16 is as up-to-date as today’s newspaper. Some Pharisees listened as Jesus told a parable about an unfaithful steward. He said, “You cannot serve God and mammon.” The Pharisees scoffed at this, for they loved money. Jesus responded, “What is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (v.15).
Author Wayne Jacobsen points out that when Jesus used the word abomination, He wasn’t referring to sordid immorality. He was referring to the Pharisees’ preoccupation with temporal possessions—very much the mindset of many today and still detestable to God.
To help us reverse our preoccupation with money, Ken Gire wrote this prayer: “Dear Jesus, help me this day to see with the eyes I will one day be given at death. I see clearly enough now what is highly valued in the sight of men. Give me eyes to see what is highly valued in Your sight.” And what does God highly value? People in need—the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the lonely, the prisoners (Matthew 25:34-40). Valuing people involves listening, understanding, and meeting their needs.
Are we preoccupied with earthly values or with God’s eternal values? — Joanie Yoder
I want to do service for Christ while I live,
And comfort and cheer to poor lonely hearts give;
For this is the program approved by the Word,
To visit the needy and speak of the Lord. —Bosch
Hold loosely to what is temporal and tightly to what is eternal (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).
Reflection 5 – Money Matters
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. —Luke 16:13
Godfrey Davis, who wrote a biography of the Duke of Wellington, said, “I found an old account ledger that showed how the Duke spent his money. It was a far better clue to what he thought was really important than the reading of his letters or speeches.”
How we handle money reveals much about our priorities. That’s why Jesus often talked about money. One-sixth of the Gospels’ content, including one out of every three parables, touches on stewardship. Jesus wasn’t a fundraiser. He dealt with money matters because money matters. For some of us, though, it matters too much.
Jesus warned that we can become slaves to money. We may not think that money means more to us than God does. But Jesus did not say we must serve God more than we serve money. The issue isn’t what occupies first place in our life, but whether we serve money at all. Pastor and author George Buttrick said, “Of all the masters the soul can choose, there are at last only two—God and money. All choices, however small, however the alternatives may be disguised, are but variants of this choice.”
Does your checkbook show that Jesus is the Master in your life?
— Haddon W. Robinson
If we pursue mere earthly gain,
We choose a path that ends in pain;
But joy and peace are in our soul
When we pursue a heavenly goal. —D. De Haan
For a quick check on your heart, check out your checkbook (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).
Reflection 6 – Be identified
Many years ago, two brothers from Australia were convicted of stealing sheep. As a punishment, each was branded on the cheek with letters ST for “sheep thief.” One brother, shamed by the stigma, left Australia and tried to carve out for himself a new identity in foreign lands. But people constantly asked him about the strange scar on his cheek and what the letters meant. He wandered around restlessly for years and, at length, full of bitterness and shame, he died and was buried in a forgotten grave.
The other brother realized that he could not run away from his crime, so he decided that he would stay in his home town and try to win back both his self-esteem and some small measure of respect from his neighbors. As the years passed, he built up a reputation for integrity through countless acts of kindness and charity.
One day, a stranger passed through the town and saw the old man with the letters branded into his cheek. He asked someone from the town what the letters signified. “Well, it happened a long time ago,” said the villager. “I’ve actually forgotten the particulars, but I believe the letters are an abbreviation of the word ‘Saint.’”
When Jesus speaks about discipleship in today’s gospel, he suggests that it is not rooted in grandiose claims or sweeping gestures. It is, rather, manifested in everyday acts of kindness, tolerance, and generosity (what Jesus calls being “faithful in small matters”). Yes, Jesus does challenge his disciples to follow him all the way to the cross, but for most of us today, the Christian vocation will not lead to actual martyrdom. There will be few occasions for dramatic, death-defying feats of faith.
We are, in fact, much more likely to build up the case for our Christian discipleship bit by bit, like the second brother in the story. We’ve not going to establish our credentials as followers of Jesus with some grand gesture but by doing one small, selfless deed at a time. It doesn’t really matter where we start in the process (perhaps no one will even remember that) but where we end up.
When it’s all said and done, will we be branded as “saints”?
Reflection 7 – Venerable Solanus Casey (1870-1957 A.D.)
Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions!
Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 21, and after he had worked as a logger, a hospital orderly, a streetcar operator and a prison guard, he entered St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee—where he found the studies difficult. He left there and, in 1896, joined the Capuchins in Detroit, taking the name Solanus. His studies for the priesthood were again arduous.
On July 24, 1904, he was ordained, but because his knowledge of theology was judged to be weak, Father Solanus was not given permission to hear confessions or to preach. A Franciscan Capuchin who knew him well said this annoying restriction “brought forth in him a greatness and a holiness that might never have been realized in any other way.” During his 14 years as porter and sacristan in Yonkers, New York, the people there recognized him as a fine speaker. “For, though he was forbidden to deliver doctrinal sermons,” writes his biographer, James Derum, “he could give inspirational talks, or feverinos, as the Capuchins termed them” (18:96). His spiritual fire deeply impressed his listeners.
Father Solanus served at parishes in Manhattan and Harlem before returning to Detroit, where he was porter and sacristan for 20 years at St. Bonaventure Monastery. Every Wednesday afternoon he conducted well-attended services for the sick. A co-worker estimates that on the average day 150 to 200 people came to see Father Solanus in the front office. Most of them came to receive his blessing; 40 to 50 came for consultation. Many people considered him instrumental in cures and other blessings they received.
Father Solanus’ sense of God’s providence inspired many of his visitors. “Blessed be God in all his designs” was one of his favorite expressions.
The many friends of Father Solanus helped the Capuchins begin a soup kitchen during the Depression. Capuchins are still feeding the hungry there today.
In 1946 in failing health, he was transferred to the Capuchin novitiate in Huntington, Indiana, where he lived until 1956 when he was hospitalized in Detroit. He died on July 31, 1957. An estimated 20,000 people passed by his coffin before his burial in St. Bonaventure Church in Detroit.
At the funeral Mass, the provincial Father Gerald said: “His was a life of service and love for people like me and you. When he was not himself sick, he nevertheless suffered with and for you that were sick. When he was not physically hungry, he hungered with people like you. He had a divine love for people. He loved people for what he could do for them—and for God, through them.”
In 1960 a Father Solanus Guild was formed in Detroit to aid Capuchin seminarians. By 1967 the guild had 5,000 members—many of them grateful recipients of his practical advice and his comforting assurance that God would not abandon them in their trials. He was declared Venerable in 1995.
James Patrick Derum, his biographer, writes that eventually Father Solanus was weary from bearing the burdens of the people who visited him. “Long since, he had come to know the Christ-taught truth that pure love of God and one’s fellowmen as children of God are in the final event all that matter. Living this truth ardently and continuously had made him, spiritually, a free man—free from slavery to passions, from self-seeking, from self-indulgence, from self-pity—free to serve wholly both God and man” (The Porter of St. Bonaventure’s, page 199).
Father Maurice Casey, a brother of Father Solanus, was once in a sanitarium near Baltimore and was annoyed at the priest-chaplain there. Father Solanus wrote his brother: “God could have established his Church under supervision of angels that have no faults or weaknesses. But who can doubt that as it stands today, consisting of and under the supervision of poor sinners—successors to the ‘poor fishermen of Galilee’ #151; the Church is a more outstanding miracle than any other way?”
Read the source: http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1190
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanus_Casey
|VEN. SOLANUS CASEY|
|RELIGIOUS AND PRIEST|
|BORN||November 25, 1870
Oak Grove, Wisconsin
|DIED||July 31, 1957 (aged 86)
|MAJOR SHRINE||St. Bonaventure MonasteryDetroit, Michigan|
Solanus Casey (November 25, 1870 – July 31, 1957) was an American Capuchin friar and priest who was known during his lifetime as a wonderworker and is the first United States-born man to be declared “venerable” by the Roman Catholic Church. He is now a candidate for beatification. A Capuchin priest, Casey was known for his great faith, humility, and role as spiritual counselor and intercessor.
He was born Bernard Francis Casey (nicknamed Barney) on a farm in what is now the town of Oak Grove, Wisconsin, the sixth of 16 children of Bernard and Ellen Casey, who were Irish immigrants.He contracted diphtheria at age eight, which permanently damaged his voice, leaving it wispy. The family later moved to Hudson, Wisconsin. At age 17 he left the farm to work in a series of jobs in his home state and Minnesota, working as a lumberjack, a hospital orderly, a guard in the Minnesota state prison, and a street caroperator in Superior, Wisconsin.
While working at his last job Casey witnessed a brutal murder, which caused him to evaluate his life and his future. He then acted on a call he felt to the priesthood. Because of his limited formal education, he enrolled at St. Francis High School Seminary, the minor seminary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee at age 21, hoping to become a diocesan priest. Classes at the seminary were taught only in German and Latin, neither of which he knew. Eventually he was advised that, because of his academic limitations, he should consider joining a religious order if he wanted to be a priest. There he could be ordained a simplex priest, who could preside at Mass but would not have the faculties for public preaching or hearingconfessions.
Following this advice, Casey applied to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in Detroit, Michigan, into which he was received in 1897. When he received the religious habit he was given the religious name of Solanus, after St. Francis Solanus, a 17th-century Spanish Franciscan friar who was a noted missionary in Peru, and with whom he shared a love of the violin.
Casey struggled through the seminary, but on July 24, 1904, at age 33, he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Sebastian Messmer at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Milwaukee. Because he had not performed well enough in his seminary studies, Casey was ordained a sacerdos simplex.
After his ordination, Casey served for 20 years in a succession of assignments in Capuchin friaries in New York. His first assignment was at Sacred Heart Friary, inYonkers, New York, later being transferred to New York City, where he first served at St. John’s Church next to Penn Station and later at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Harlem. Casey was recognized as an inspiring speaker. In 1924, he was transferred to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, where he worked for 21 years. During this time, Casey served primarily as the monastery porter, or receptionist and doorkeeper. Every Wednesday afternoon he conducted well-attended services for the sick. Through these services, he became known for his great compassion and the amazing results of his consultations with visitors. Many considered him instrumental in cures and other blessings they received.
Death and legacy
In 1946, in failing health and suffering from eczema over his entire body, he was transferred to the Capuchin novitiate in Huntington, Indiana, where he lived until 1956, when he was hospitalized in Detroit.
Casey died of erysipelas on July 31, 1957, at St. John Hospital in Detroit. A commemorative plaque was placed outside the door of the hospital room in which he died. His last words reportedly were: “I give my soul to Jesus Christ.” An estimated 20,000 people passed by his coffin prior to his burial in the cemetery at St. Bonaventure Monastery.
Father Benedict Groeschel, a former Capuchin, states that after Father Solanus Casey’s death, a letter from Rome was discovered, apparently unopened, which granted him full priestly faculties to preach in public and hear confessions. Groeschel takes the position that Casey’s healing apostolate would have suffered if this had been known.
On July 8, 1987, Casey’s body was exhumed and reinterred inside the Father Solanus Casey Center at St. Bonaventure Monastery.
Casey’s cause for sainthood was opened in 1982 and in 1995 Pope John Paul II declared him venerable, the second step in the path to sainthood. Many miraculous cures have been associated with Father Solanus’s intercession, both when he was alive and after his death. Pilgrims from around the world make pilgrimages to the tomb of Father Solanus Casey.
- The only science that gives purpose to every other science is the science of religion—the science of our happy relationship with, and our providential dependence on God and our neighbor.
- We are continually immersed in God’s merciful grace like the air that permeates us.
- Gratitude is the first sign of a thinking, rational creature.
- Thank you God, in all your designs.
- Confidence is the very soul of prayer.
- Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.
- Like the Holy Trinity, Faith, Hope and Charity are one. Theoretically, Faith, like the Eternal Father, comes first, but in both cases they are essentially one.
- God condescends to use our powers if we don’t spoil His plans by ours.
- We must be faithful to the present moment or we will frustrate the plan of God for our lives.
- Many are the rainbows, the sunbursts, the gentle breezes—and the hailstorms—we are liable to meet before, by the grace of God, we shall be able to tumble into our graves with the confidence of tired children into their places of peaceful slumber.
- American Catholic Servants of God, Venerables, Beatified, and Saints
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