Friday, the 17th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Peter Julian Eymard
Readings for today’s Mass
Looking back I have no idea how I summoned the courage to do this but, much like Jeremiah in our first reading, I can only surmise that that strength and my words came from God. As I spoke to the classes I was met with boredom and blank stares. While my peers didn’t outright laugh at me I gained a reputation as being a bit weird and was even voted most likely to be a nun after graduation. I took these characterizations in stride and I am fairly certain that none of my classmates attended the retreat, but I didn’t let that stop me from continuing to live a life of faith. What I couldn’t understand was how others could not see how a life rooted in faith brought me such joy, even amidst the struggle of adolescence? Wouldn’t everyone want that?
As I graduated high school and pursued a career in ministry, making it my life’s work to bring the Good News to teenagers, I faced lots of rejection. What my young, naïve mind and heart didn’t realize was that LOTS of people, young and old don’t always want to hear that message and they DEFINITELY struggle with wanting to live a life in Christ.
One thing that has kept me going amidst the sting of rejection is that everyone starts somewhere. Not only was the Son of God rejected, but he was rejected by the people in his hometown. But just look at how many followers he ended up having!
We cannot let the fear of rejection hold us back from sharing our faith with others or with living a faithful life. We never know who we might speak to or encounter, what we might say or how our actions might be viewed that will be the catalyst for change and bring someone back to the Lord.