We are called to respond to the invitation to be “life-long learners.” This invitation comes from many places but this weekend we hear it in the first reading from the Book of Wisdom. Likewise, we are challenged in the second reading by Saint Paul’s commitment to the mission of spreading the Gospel even though he is held down physically by being chained in prison. Jesus, in this weekend’s gospel, reminds us that to follow him means that there will be sacrifices to be made.
Once we know this, it is important to take these ideas and write out a personal mission statement or covenant with God so that you could review it in order to remain committed to living life as a follower of Jesus. Writing it down so that we can look at it on occasion will help us to remain focused on the commitment we have made. We all need reminders.
[Santa Clara University: Build. Plant. Grow.]
In this weekend’s Gospel today Jesus tells his followers that they need to put God first above everything else, even family and friends. Jesus makes it clear that those who follow him should give all their cares and concerns to God.
Jesus teaches his followers how to be a disciple. Disciples must be ready to give up everything they have. The good news is that by giving up what we have to follow Jesus, we gain life, love and freedom.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
- What do you have that you do not want to give up?
- What do you have that is easy to give up?
- How does putting God first help us to live?
Faith-Filled People: Saint Gregory the Great
Feast Day: September 3
There are some awesome saints that the Church celebrates during the month of September and St. Gregory the Great is one of them. As a new school year begins, it is good to know that he is the patron saint of teachers, guiding them all as they help you learn new things! Also, be reminded of the saints we honored in the month of August as you complete the word search below.
Explore Being Catholic: Canonization
Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be called Saint Teresa after the church announces it on September 4th (you can actually watch it happen online!). The formal process for entering a name into the official list (canon) of recognized saints is called canonization. What does it take for a holy person to be officially called a saint? Learn more about this process below.
Time With God: Mother Teresa and her prayers
The new canonized saint Teresa of Calcutta had a favorite prayer that she said daily. Below is a five minute prayer experience centered around this beautiful prayer which is designed to help you quickly access a place of peace, rest, and awareness of God's presence.
Now that Mother Teresa is a saint, you can pray for her intercession. Since this holy person is with God in heaven, this simply means passing along your prayer requests in His presence. You can use the prayer shown here in the right column.
Paraphrase the Gospel story for the children. Ask them what Jesus says is the most important thing for them to do. Jesus tells us that the number-one priority is to follow him. But just as it is not always easy to do the things we are supposed to do before doing the fun things, it is not always easy to be a follower of Jesus. Yet when we put Jesus first, we will be truly happy.
[Loyola Press Sunday Connection]