A Good Word by Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, OFM 1.29.2023
As the Spring Semester begins at UB, the first lines in today’s First and Second Readings from scripture from our Sunday Mass seem apropos for our reflection.
The Prophet Zephaniah begins today with the exhortation – “Seek the Lord...” And St. Paul in his First Letter to the faith community at Corinth begins today with “Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.”
Indeed, you and I are invited to consider what we are called to do with this gift of life we have been given by our God.
Do you and I seek the Lord in our lives?
Do you and I try to see the love and goodness of God at work everyday?
And how do you and I respond to that love and goodness of God?
The Beatitudes offered by Jesus in today's Gospel from Matthew challenge you and me to respond to God’s Love by embracing a very different set of values than those of our world.
As a people of faith, you and I are called to focus our lives on the “blessedness” of the Sermon on the Mount, that is, to seek our joy and fulfillment in God above all things. By our adopting of Jesus’ values in our lives, you and I will begin to see more like Christ and, hopefully, love like Christ in our attempt to seek God in all things.
I think that is a good way to start a new semester or even a new calendar year – for you and me to make it our vocation or our goal to seek to identify and embrace the Love of God in all things. This can be accomplished by our adjusting how we go about day to day with our adopting a different set of values that are rooted in our belief in and commitment to Jesus Christ.
You and I as Christians have been chosen by God to be different. May we recommit to being different in our ways of living in the Love of God. And may you and I make a difference in our world by our cooperating with God’s Grace to spread God’s love and mercy to those who need it.
As always, if there is anything we can do for you at UB Catholic campus ministry, please let me know. We are here for you.
May God bless you with Peace and All Good.