Have you felt “uncomfortable” when in your heart you feel called to comfort the afflicted? We all have had that feeling, and for a number of reasons, such as “I don’t know what to say,” or “I don’t know how or what to do,” or “I’ll get to it later.” And let’s face it, deep down we envision our own fate and face fears about our own future when we are with someone who is afflicted.
From the Editor
As Jesus begins his ministry in St. Luke’s Gospel, he starts by teaching and preaching as he makes his way along the shore of the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee). There, he encounters Simon Peter, James and John, who, as fishermen, have been working hard all night and day. They have not met with much success. Jesus climbs into Simon Peter’s boat and encourages him to set out a bit from shore so that Jesus might better address and teach the crowd who has followed him. Up to that moment, Simon Peter and his co-workers, James and John, have been going about their business as fishermen.
First, let me say what a blessing it has been for me to minister with teens for my entire adult life – 40-plus years. You are truly amazing. That really is where my message to you begins. You are made in God’s image. You are God’s handiwork, a reflection of his love for the world to see. Your value is so great that when we all were in need of forgiveness, God placed a value on us. He gave up his only begotten Son as the ransom for your and my life. By God’s word and actions, he has made a clear statement of how wonderful and valuable to him you are. You’re priceless.
I first met Father Larry Delaney in 1988 while I was a parishioner at St. Francis parish in Ann Arbor. Father Charlie Irvin was the pastor of St. Francis at that time, and he and Father Larry were great friends. I remember being greatly amused by the banter that would break out whenever Father Larry and Father Charlie were in the same room. Usually, all that was required to get the ball rolling was some quip about the Spartans or the Wolverines – then stand back and watch the fun begin!
The FAITH in Flint initiative, which was launched by the Diocese of Lansing to support the parishes, schools and ministries that serve the poor in Flint, is gaining momentum. Since its launch at the end of May, the initiative has generated thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer service hours. FAITH in Flint proves that people throughout the diocese wish to help their brothers and sisters in need.
“You’re not supposed to judge!” We hear that all of the time. Christians hear that admonishment hurled back at them frequently. But is that true? What did Jesus mean when he told us not to judge?