The gospel passages last Sunday and today remind us to maintain a faith perspective regarding life and our relationship to the material world. Last Sunday’s gospel taught us that “life does not consist of possessions” and we should strive to grow “rich in what matters to God.” Today’s gospel reminds us of life’s fragility, for “at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Many so-called “bible prophets” have made a career out of interpreting the signs of the coming end of the world, revising them constantly as this supposedly imminent catastrophe fails to occur. What really matters is how we live each day and prepare for what is certain to come: our own individual departure from this world. Each day we are to be vigilant servants living in virtue and charity, who will be blessed when the Master comes and knocks, as opposed to those who deserve punishment for trying to get away with as much as they can and then are caught off guard when he comes. The daily practice of the faith—prayer, the sacraments and works of charity—is all he asks of us.
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” (Second Reading) It is the power to comprehend the deeper meaning of life, to contemplate mystery, to know God. It is the guiding light of vigilant servants, who “look forward to [the Lord’s] second coming.” (Cf. Eucharistic Prayer III) We are called to be people of faith.
Last weekend Father Victor Inbaraj made an appeal on behalf of Our Lady of Fatima School in Adhichanur, India. This weekend we are taking up a second collection for this appeal. You may use the special envelopes you received for this purpose and any cash given during the second collection will go toward the appeal also. Any checks should be made payable to your parish. Thank you for your generosity.
I did manage to get a small strip of oats on the home farm cut and shocked on Tuesday, July 26. My cousin John Gorman drove the 1941 Farmall H and I rode the binder. Deacon Joseph Richards brought from the Diocesan Center two senior priests, Father Eugene Wolf and Father Ambrose Blenker; and three seminarians, Jared Clements, John Zweber and Phil Grygleski. A firefighter from Milwaukee, Kyle Moss, and his son, Zach, also came; and my cousin Michael Nee, a retired botanist whose father, Harry, had a threshing machine and continued to use it long after others had gone to combines. We had a nice afternoon with lower humidity and the job was finished without overtaxing anyone.
Now we have St. Charles’ Celebration of Summer. Since it’s at McDonell High School, we don’t have to worry about the weather. Please turn out to make the hard work of so many a success. Summer is passing by so quickly—let’s continue to enjoy it while we can.
May God bless his people with peace.