Saint for the day: Blessed Daniel Brottier – Sept. 7, 1876 – February 28, 1936
Jeremiah 18: 18-20 – Psalm 31 – Matthew 20:17-28
Lent is the time when we can put aside our own needs and focus on those around us who are in any kind of need for a kind word or a hopeful prayer.
What are the goals that we set for our lives? What do we see as the important steps necessary to achieve the ends we set? In the end, it comes down to “What is really important in our life. Do I need to know that I will sit on the right or left of Jesus in the Kingdom? Or (as I have said before) “is one day within your courts as a thousand elsewhere.” On my Vow Card in 1961 I had Psalm 27:4, “… to dwell in the house of the Lord all the day of my life.”
Mother Theresa said, “God doesn’t call us to success but to faithfulness.” I have to “be here now” – here in San Francisco – and I only need to be faithful – not successful. To begin to see what it means to be successful in God’s view. Does God really care if I end up being the best thing that every happened at St. Dominic’s? Or is it enough to be present when people come into the church with the burdens of their lives and look for someone to give them hope. I’ve often told the other friars that I could probably spend a good part of the day just being in the church to be able to pray with people who are facing difficult situations in their lives.
One of the beauties of St. Dominic’s is that the church is open every day from 6:30 in the morning until 9 o’clock at night and there are always people in the church quietly praying or visiting the St. Jude Shrine. If I walk through the church at almost any time during the day I am bound to be asked some questions or asked to pray for them. This is what Lent is all about: reaching out to those who need just a little encouragement to face the difficulties in their lives. When someone is hurting, it doesn’t take too much effort to give them a ray of hope so that they can go on with life. Just for today; try to help just one person get a better hold on God’s Love for them and make a promise to pray for them. Amen?