Friday, January 22, 2021
Written by: Ed Sikora, Seminarian
Jesus calls us by name
When we begin to learn such things as playing sports or a musical instrument, it will take us time to learn how to play. We cannot expect to play for the mighty Montreal Canadians or play a musical instrument for a symphony orchestra or dance in the Nutcracker without proper training. We are taught by a coach or instructor, and through practice and hard work we may eventually become good at playing the sport or instrument, and hope that one day we may be chosen to play for a sports team or to be part of a symphony orchestra. As Jesus called His Apostles, He calls us today to learn from Him and to eventually go out and proclaim His Good News.
The Gospel reading for today from Mark (3:13-19) reminds me of Jesus calling my name as a baptized Christian to prepare myself to serve Him and His Church. I am also reminded it was God’s initiative to choose me as John 15:16 states, “it was not you who chose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit.” and so I am currently in the beginnings of formation studying for religious life and priesthood. Jesus chose twelve disciples to form a team called the Apostles and they are, “to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.” Jesus going up the mountain with His twelve Apostles is similar to Moses going up Mount Sinai to receive the law and it is there that from the chosen people God establishes the twelve tribes of Israel. We are given the names of each of the twelve Apostles who form the foundation of this new Church. The twelve Apostles represent the twelve sons of Jacob from whom the twelve tribes of Israel descended. Jesus has prepared His Apostles to carry out His mission after He is gone, but before they were ready to take on the task they needed to be trained or formed to carry out this mission. They lived with Jesus for about three years learning from Him. The Apostles began an intimate relationship with Jesus, eating, laughing, praying and learning about the Good News that Jesus is proclaiming to the world. One of the most crucial teachings of Jesus is to pray without ceasing and the Gospel passage begins with Jesus going up a mountain which is where Jesus often would go to pray by Himself. Throughout my formation I am asked a question that we should all try to answer and that is, “How is our prayer life?” Jesus wants to have an intimate relationship with each one of us like He had with His Apostles and prayer is one of the most important ways of getting to know Him. We are called to spend time with Jesus in prayer, to ask Him questions, to ask Him what He wants us to do and how we can serve Him and His Church. Let us strive to focus on our relationship with God and how the Gospel connects with our daily experiences.
For many of us the journey to follow Jesus may be filled with joy and at times it is not easy. We may be called to develop new habits and change some habits, and this will take faith and courage. Jesus is patiently waiting for us to answer His call so let us take a leap of faith and take the first step in climbing up the mountain to follow Jesus, we will not be disappointed.
Mass Schedule & Intentions
PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH: Children love to read the same book repeatedly, eat the same lunch every day and they do best, in fact thrive, on a daily routine. The predictable makes children feel secure and competent because they know what to expect. With little children, routines for mealtimes, bed and bath times, prayer time and even playtime, can be a great comfort, making for happier children. This same wellness from routines also works for older children. The more routine in their lives, the more relaxed and happy their personality. So, start the New Year by creating a schedule for all family members, try it out and see how much peace can come to your household! (Family Ministry Office email@example.com).
MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH: Marriage unites two people together in an intimate partnership, allowing each person to feel loved and cared for by their spouse. God made us relational, so marriage meets our need for another in our lives and fulfills our deepest need to be known. Yet, sadly, too many married people feel lonely. So, why not make 2021 a year of joy? Talk to each other about your hopes for the future; tell your spouse about good things or bad that have occurred at work; share a joke, funny story or a frustrating event from your day. When we share are lives with another we connect more deeply, feel part of the others life and loneliness disappears. An easy way to keep intimacy intact and loneliness away. (Family Ministry Office firstname.lastname@example.org).
Anniversary Mass 2021 – The Anniversary Mass scheduled for June of 2021 has been cancelled due to restrictions and concerns around COVID-19. We invite you to register your 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years Anniversary on the Diocesan website at hamiltondiocese.com. We will send you the certificate you would have received from Bishop Crosby at the Mass.
A Walk Through Fratelli Tutti – We are created to be relational, to be in communion with God and one another. Pope Francis’s new Encyclical Fratelli tutti expresses the Pope’s deep concern that humanity is becoming more and more isolated from each other. He states, “If we take each other seriously, then we should be brothers and sisters and friends, and not just anonymous beings.” Join us on Zoom for a free webinar on Wednesday, January 27th at 7 p.m. for a 90-minute look at this beautifully written document. Registration is required at https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/family-ministry/fratelli-tutti, since the zoom or phone link for joining the session will need to be e-mailed or provided to you by phone.
Re: Start – Starting over after separation or divorce with support, care and tools for the journey – We invite you to visit the Family Ministry Office on the Diocesan website https://hamiltondiocese.com/ to see the programs offered and to register. If you have questions, call the Family Ministry Office at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249.
Marriage Support – Is your marriage experiencing more trouble than joy, feeling stagnant or disconnected? The solution is Retrouvaille, a program for married couples facing challenges in their relationship. Its purpose is to help couples restore their marriage and rebuild a loving relationship. It is a practical program where sharing is not required except between the couple themselves, designed to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect. It also works for couples who may be considering separation or divorce. The next weekend begins March 12, 2021. For more information call 905-664-5212 or email email@example.com.
Struggling After an Abortion? Either your own, or someone else’s? Do you feel alone, emotional, or angry? Project Rachel is here to help. This confidential service allows people to work through their feelings on an individual basis with a trained counsellor, to find hope and healing. Please contact us at 905-526-1999 or toll free at 1-888-385-3850.
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