A thought for the day
Tuesday, the 15th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Camillus of Lellis
Readings for today’s Mass
Consider Moses of today's first reading. His story is the beginning of a major chapter in Hebrew tradition. It's the story of a mother who abandoned her baby, setting him adrift on the river in a basket. Where he goes and what will become of him is left to whims of the water. After he is rescued, he is raised in luxury, only to lose it all as a young man and must flee for his life. He ended up as a shepherd for his father in law. This is where God steps in the the story takes a turn. You already know the rest.
Now consider the the life of the saint for today, Camillus of Lellis. After his mother died early in his life, his father abandoned him. He developed an incurable decease in his leg, had to leave the hospital because of his behavior, became a compulsive gambler and lost everything but his shirt. Moved by a well preached sermon, Camillus began a conversion process that changed his life. Twice he tried to enter a Franciscan monastery and was twice denied because of his leg. He ended up back in the hospital where the rest of his story really begins.
Something good can happen to us as we endure suffering and trail. We don't always recognize it, but it can be God's way in. Twelve steps groups might say you have to hit bottom before you can climb up. Hitting bottom is when there is nothing left to hold onto, when i know i need a hand. i can climb out when we reach up for the hand of God who is always reaching back.