Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. John Bosco, Founder of the Salesians

January 31st, 2015
""And they said to one another; 'Who can this be? Even the winds and the seas obey Him.'"" Mark 4 : 35

Jesus must have been exhausted after a long day of preaching.  So, he fell asleep with his head on the leather cushion of the steersman’s seat.  But the Apostles wakened him and accused him of not caring about their plight.  A fierce gale had blown up and the waves were almost swamping the boat.  Jesus said to wind; “Quiet now, and be calm.”  And the wind dropped.  The Apostles were amazed at this miracle.  The Church is often compared to a boat – the barque of Peter.  She has to weather many a storm,  none more so than at the present moment.

The true Church is found where there is love and compassion.  A follower of Christ will always reach out to the sinner with loving kindness.  Pope Francis says; “The door of the Church must always remain open,  welcoming all people,  the Saint and the sinner alike.”   Anyone moved by the Spirit who decides to return home to his father’s house must always find it open and welcoming.   The Sacraments are there for us all.  The Church is God’s.  The Sacraments are God’s also.  The first Sacramental door is Baptism.  That door is open too.  The Eucharist is not a special prize for the Saints.  God fed the five thousand in the desert.  Some were holy,  some were villains.  All are God’s people.  Likewise,  we are all invited to come into the Church and feel at home in our Father’s house.  Perhaps we are saints or robbers,  murderers,  paedophiles,  etc.  The Father of the prodigal always left his door open,  awaiting his son’s return.

Prayer Let us pray - The only thing Lord I am sure of in this life is God's forgiveness. Be merciful to me Lord for I have sinned against you. Amen