Daily Reflection for Friday, May 06 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 9:1-20
Responsorial: Psalm 117:1bc, 2
Gospel: John 6:52-59
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. John 6:54
Today’s scriptures prompted us to reflect on the gospel verse above and the Psalm response: “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” (Mark 16:15) This Easter season allows us to continue our focus on Christ’s resurrection and to tell the “Good News.”
What are some ways that priests spread the “Good News?” Before a recent Mass, the priest encouraged the congregation to take time to view the new movie, Father Stu—a true story about Stuart Long who became a Catholic priest by a long, difficult path. This is a well-acted movie starring Mark Wahlberg as Father Stu. Mark Wahlberg, a devout Catholic, stated that Father Stu is the most important movie (he’s) ever done and … the best movie he’s ever been a part of.
This R-rated, come-to-Jesus movie is a true story about Stuart Long, a hard-knocks boxer in Helenana, Montana. He is street wise, crude, and from parents who have no use for religion. His younger brother died in his sleep at age six. His parents, along with Stu, slip into dysfunctional lives. Meeting an attractive devout Catholic girl changed his life. Stu became a seminarian.
In the movie, how did the seminarian spread the Good News? As a seminarian, Stu is sent to do a prison ministry. Stu—now crippled with a degenerative muscle disease—asked the inmates, “You get to make one call a week right? Who do you call—your mom so she will cry her eyes out about you or your girlfriend who is too busy with her new boyfriend to talk?” Stu says to them, “You can call Jesus anytime. I guarantee he will listen; you don’t need permission from the guards.”
Very appropriately, the movie ends with a gospel song— “Where Could I Go But to the Lord”—written by James B. Coats. Mr. Coats was inspired to write this song after asking a dying African-American man where he would spend eternity. The dying man answered, “Where could I go but to the Lord?” Click here to hear the music and read the lyrics.
How would we live each day if we did not have faith and hope? Each of us wants that everlasting, eternal life that Jesus promises after our earthly life ends. In the gospel, Jesus tells us how to gain eternal life: by partaking in the Eucharist. Jesus, we have faith in you. May we receive You in Holy Communion as often as possible.
Blessings to All,
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander