Four Year Old (out of the mouths’ of babes)
A mother invited a few of her neighbors over for a dinner party. The day turned out to be blistering hot. Finally, freshened and make-up applied, she sat at her table as hostess. With a welcoming smile she turned to her 4 year old son, Johnny, whose brilliance she wanted to show off to her neighbors. “Johnny,” she said, “please say the blessing.”
“I don’t know what to say,” said Johnny. “Oh, just say what you hear me say,” she encouraged.
Johnny reluctanly bowed his head, folded his hands over his heart, closed his eyes, and prayed, “Oh Lord, why did I invite these stuffy people over on such a hot humid day”
QUEEN MARY (Looks can be deceiving)
The Queen Mary was the largest ship to cross the oceans when it was launched in 1936. Through four decades and a World War she served until she was retired, anchored as a floating hotel and museum in Long Beach, California.
During the conversion, her three massive smokestacks were taken off to be scraped down and repainted. But shockingly, on the dock they crumbled. Rust had eaten the 3/4 inch steel away over the years. All that really remained was 30 coats of paint and rust. The steel had rusted away.
When Jesus called the Pharisees “Whitewashed tombs,” He meant they had no substance, only an exterior appearance.
King Not Attending (We might fool others, even ourselves, but we can’t fool God.)
Francois Fenelon was the court preacher for King Louis XIV of France in the 17th century. One Sunday when the king and his attendants arrived at the chapel for the regular service, no one else was there but the priest. King Louis demanded, “What does this mean?” Fenelon replied, “I had published that you would not come to church today. I wanted your Majesty to see who serves God, and who comes to impress the King.
CARDINAL LEGER (An Example For All.)
Do you remember Paul Emile Cardinal Léger? At one time he was one of the most powerful men in Canada, and in our Church. Then one day he laid aside his red vestments and stately hat, the office in Montreal and Quebec City, and went to Africa. Years later a journalist found him living among the lepers and the disabled – the outcasts of a small African village.
When the Canadian journalist asked him, “Why?” He said,“It will be the great scandal of the history of our century that 600 million people are eating well and living luxuriously, and three billion people starve, and every year millions of children are dying of hunger. I am too old to change all that. The only thing I can do which makes sense is to be present. I must simply be in the midst of them. So, just tell people in Canada that you met an old priest. I am a priest who is happy to be old and still a priest and among those who suffer. I am happy to be here and to take them into my heart.”
The Prophet Micah – God’s Will For Us
What is Jesus saying in this weeks Gospel (Matt, 7:21-27)? What has God been asking of humanity through time? The Prophet Micah’s words are tremendously insightful when pondering this question:
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good.”
And what is that? What does God want,” some one asks?
“…to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
THE BOTTOM LINE:
We can form our children’s hearts.
We can judge and change our own.
The hearts of others, we shalt not judge!
Yet, we can inspire the hearts of many
by what is in our own.