Thursday, May 15, 2008

God’s Word:

God speaks a word and the world comes into being. He speaks a word through the prophets and reveals himself to his people. Finally he speaks the last word, the Word that is Jesus. He reveals all he is, and all we are called to live in the person of his own son.

'Who is Jesus to me?':

In today's Gospel, Jesus asked His disciples, 'Who do you say I am?' This question must be answered by us Personally. We should be responsible to God daily for our answer and also when we meet Jesus and His Father, in the Spirit after we die.


Sir, it may be true that I am later at my work than some of the other laborers, but I do my utmost to make up for the few minutes snatched for prayer; I pray you compare my work with theirs, and if you find I have defrauded you in the least, gladly will I make amends by paying you out of my private store.

- Saint Isidore the Farmer (1070-1130)

[T]he simple life is conducive to holiness and happiness.

- Saint Isidore the Farmer (1070-1130)


Many implications can be found in a simple laborer achieving sainthood: Physical labor has dignity; sainthood does not stem from status; contemplation does not depend on learning; the simple life is conducive to holiness and happiness. Legends about angel helpers and mysterious oxen indicate that Saint Isidore's work was not neglected and his duties did not go unfulfilled.

Perhaps the truth which emerges is this: If you have your spiritual self in order, your earthly commitments will fall into order also. “[S]eek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness,” said the carpenter from Nazareth, “and all these things will be given you besides” (Matthew 6:33).


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