Our Gospel today hears Jesus telling the scribe the two most important commandments: love God, and love your neighbor.
The Story of Our Lives
Fr. John Foley, SJ
The sequence (one of which will be recited, or preferably sung on the Feast of Pentecost) is thought to have begun (around the 9th century) as a genre of poetry when Roman chant was flourishing and spreading across Europe. As Roman chant was intended primarily as a musical meditation upon the Word of God, so the Sequence was intended as a musical, meditative extension of the Alleluia verse.
When I entered religious life in my late 40’s, I was introduced (through living in community) to the practice of Sabbath, the intentional practice of keeping, truly keeping, the Sabbath. The Sabbath, for us Sunday, is meant to be a day kept separate from the ordinary. For me, Sabbath means I abstain from those things that are mundane, e.g., washing, cleaning house, grocery shopping, home repair, etc. In short, any responsibility. No committee meetings, no working on another project, no “I have to get this done.”
We are being asked to pray for our Associates in CHRISTUS Health. As you know, they have been working for over a year in extremely difficult circumstances. Thank you for adding these requests for prayers to your daily prayers.
As I arrived at my office this morning, a palm tree was being brought down. So many palms suffered tremendously from our “Ash Wednesday” freeze, here in San Antonio. I suppose many of the most hardy have survived. I know this tree, surrounded by the asphalt of our office parking lot, must be quite old. Most likely, it was planted when the Motherhouse was built in 1900, or shortly thereafter. I know nothing about palm trees .. their life expectancy in unpredictable climates, what can sabotage them, to what diseases are they susceptible … so my thoughts this morning are really about life and death, and the mystery of both.
Music video performance by Whitworth choir members.
Jay Cormier, “Give Us This Day”