2nd Lent – Gather With The Lord!
Bottom Line: In this era of information, when the computer reigns and the Internet opens the world of knowledge to every home, we have to admit that information is not the solution to every problem. We don’t have the answers for all the problems of the world and of our lives. We don’t even know all the right questions. We are called upon simply to trust. We are called upon to trust in God and to have faith. We know that God is with us, if he is with us than he will transform our lives. He has always provided for us and he always will as long as we have faith in him.
Fr. Martino Nguyễn Bá Thông (St. Teresa Catholic Church – Grovetown, GA)
2nd Lent -Year C (2010)
Gather With The Lord!
A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon: Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of all kinds of food.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol – Dead; The second worm in cigarette smoke – Dead; Third worm in all kinds of food – Dead; Fourth worm in good clean soil – Alive!
So the Minister asked the congregation – What can you learn from this demonstration? All was quiet until a little old man in the back quickly raised his hand and said: “I guess it shows as long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!”
My dear brothers and sisters, we all want to be free of worms too right? So let me suggest you what Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Lent is the time we come closer to God! Here at Saint Teresa, we try our best to give you that opportunity! To encounter God – not just on the Mount Tabor, but in the Eucharist – We have daily mass! Two Parish Missions! This Tuesday evening with Reconciliation! We have daily Adoration! Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoon! So I invite you to come! It is more than just an invitation – I challenge you to invite a friend to come as well. We need to encounter the Lord!
Like Abraham and the disciple we have to climb our own mountain! It could be the mountain of different addictions: Cigarette, alcohol, sleeping, eating, and shopping! And climbing is never easy! It take time, patience, hard work and sacrifice! But we can do it with Christ!
If you have never ever attended one of these, never go to a daily mass, nor been at a holy hour, I encourage you to go and don’t forget to take your family (including the children) with you. If you are experiencing a “dark cloud” in your life or turmoil within your heart, this encounter with the Lord will change your life! Even if your lives are wonderful, don’t forget to stop by and say “hello” and “thanks” to Him! Allow me now to read to you some statistics why should you give thanks to the Lord!
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week.
If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
In this era of information, when the computer reigns and the Internet opens the world of knowledge to every home, we have to admit that information is not the solution to every problem. We don’t have the answers for all the problems of the world and of our lives. We don’t even know all the right questions. We are called upon simply to trust. We are called upon to trust in God and to have faith. We know that God is with us, if he is with us than he will transform our lives. He has always provided for us and he always will as long as we have faith in him.
My dear brothers and sisters, no matter who you are, what path of life you are taking, or what is in your mind, I invite you to come. Come! Come! And come! To give thanks to the Lord; to let the Lord himself change and bless your life abundantly! The Lord has used “physical demonstration” in today gospel to “prove” his point! Don’t be like the man in my example at the beginning of this homily – don’t miss the point! So, come and encounter the Lord!
Father Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong