Week of October 21, 2012

I recently came across the poem below from a Jesuit resource that someone sent me.  One of the things that Jesus did do was disturb people of his time and if we are honest with what is said he is disturbing us.  Last week we heard it in his comment about how hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God.  This week we hear it as he tells us if we want to be great we will serve.  Jesus challenges our world view.  Often times our world view is not God’s view.

Disturb Us, Lord

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
-Attributed to Sir Francis Drake, c. 1577

Next weekend, October 27 & 28, we will have the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at all of the masses.  We ask those who would like to receive this sacrament to sit in the front row or at the end of the pew.


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