One of the things that we hear each other say is that I do not have time to do all that I want to do. One of the implications is that we ‘want’ to do too many things; another is that we do not budget our time in a way that allows us to do all that we want. There are some days for me that seem to be a little shorter than others with regards to getting things done, but for the most part if something does not get done I can not blame the factor of time. Yes, I do procrastinate. In the second reading we see Saint Paul saying that ”the time is running out”. In a sense he is talking about the people of his time who did not seem to be worried about their faith. They were procrastinating in the sense that they were not paying attention to what Paul was preaching. There was a sense of urgency in the preaching of Paul because Jesus had said that He was going to come back soon. If we say that we do not have enough time to do what we want to do, what does that mean when it comes to living our faith? I would hope that living our faith is one of the things that is a priority on our list. To be honest we can live our faith AND should live our faith as we continue to do the things that we want and need to do in this life. We can consider that we are ‘multi-tasking’ as we live in a way that shows our faith at the same time that we are accomplishing our work, our play, and our everyday activities. Saint Paul was preaching to the people about running out of time was because they were not worried about living their faith; they were procrastinating and doing nothing. May the Lord not catch us neither too busy to live our faith nor doing nothing.
This will be in the bulletin but wanted to let you all know that I will be gone from Jan 29 to Feb 9 so there will be no daily Masses during those two weeks SO also no adoration on Feb 1-2 and 8-9… peace, Fr. Floyd
New Year’s Eve/Sunday:
St. Michael at 5:30pm
New Year’s Day/Monday:
St. Michael at 10:00am
St. Joseph at 12:00pm
We close out the Christmas octave—the eight days following the birth of Christ—with a day honoring Mary as the Mother of God. Take time to read about the Mother of God today.
January 1 is also the World Day of Peace. In his World Day of Peace Message for 2017, Pope Francis said:
“On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace. I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life. When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promotors of nonviolent peacemaking. In the most local and ordinary situations and in the international order, may nonviolence become the hallmark of our decisions, our relationships and our actions, and indeed of political life in all its forms.”