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3 islanders – disciple + missionary

From Morning Prayer, I took hold of Psalm 84:11, “Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” and prayed the song, “Better is One Day,” in my head all day.

walking the beachMASS – (Fr Joseph) — today’s homily began with a geat story of “The Bishop & 3 islanders.”  (My own cliff-note version is🙂  A Bishop gets off his boat and speaks to 3 islanders who don’t know the “Lord’s Prayer,” but instead pray (looking up) “We 3 — you 3 — show us mercy.”  The Bishop teaches them the Lord’s Prayer and returns a few month later, but they only remember the first few line, whereupon he tells them to pray their old prayer.  — Basically, our faith is simple, yet we try to complicate it — but (I’d like to add) simple does not mean easy.

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — we started the Meditation of Decartes.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos)  — we started “Euthyphro” by Plato.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — we reviewed some more art slides and continued the Greeks handout.

Jesus Martha MaryMINISTERIAL METHODS – (Fr Michael) — we reflected on some Scripture passages that ultimately show “Church as Communion.”

II.  Jesus + the preaching of the Kingdom
Mt 20:1-16 — Mt 13:38 — Jn 15:5
III.  The Priesthood of Jesus Christ
IV.  Sending of the Holy Spirit — Jn 7:37-39
V.  Disciple + Missionary — Luke 10:38-42

The last section stood out the most for me.  We are called to be “disciples” (followers of Christ) in order to properly respond to our “missionary” call to grow the Kindgom.  Although we want to “do” (as Martha did), we (as seminarians) should be focused on being “disciples” (as Mary did) at this point in our formation.

REST OF THE DAY — Watched “300” and played some volleyball.  — Better is one day …

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