October 19, 2015
Sts. Isaac Jogues and John de Brébeuf
Lk 12: 13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong? Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
Living for Each Day
October 19th is the memorial for the Jesuit martyrs of North America, Jean de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their fellow companions. These missionaries were accepted by the Hurons, but killed by the Iroquois who were often at war with the Huron. One of the Jesuit missionaries, Isaac Jogues, was able to escape back to France after being tortured. He could have stayed in France, happy that he did all that he could. But he went back. Word spread that the Iroquois made peace with the Huron. Well, not so much. Isaac and several other missionaries were martyred as well. These missionaries are great examples of people who lived for each day. They did not worry about building “bigger barns” like the man in today’s Gospel.
I find myself worrying so much about the future that I forget to live in the present. I live in a world of deadlines and need to constantly plan my day’s work to make sure that tomorrow goes OK. The future holds uncertainties that can make a person lose sleep. But today is actually very very good. It’s a wonderful day, a gift from God, and I have to remind myself of this every time I get out of bed. Remember to take the time to live in the present.
—Mr. Steve Wertzberger is the Director of Guidance and Counseling at Creighton Prep and is the moderator for Laughlin House.
“My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings”
-from a letter of Isaac Jogues to a Jesuit friend in France, September 12, 1646, a month before he died.
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