Dream of Solomon
(Luca Giordano - 1693)
"The Lord Appeared to: Solomon in a dream at night. God said, "Ask something of me and I will give it to you."
What would we ask for if God appeared to us in the same way? Would we ask for some particular item or would we treat the Lord like a magic genie and try to wiggle out three wishes from him. At our best, and in our greatest need, we might ask the Lord for healing of a loved one. This option was of course available for Solomon, yet Solomon set his priority on truth: "Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong."
Solomon of course needed wisdom and prudence to exercise his office as king, therefore he asked correctly. But what greater thing could we ask of God too than to be able to chart the course of right while knowing how to avoid the path of wrong.
God was pleased with Solomon's choice - "Because you have not asked for a long life for yourself, nor riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding... I do as you requested." As king, Solomon could have been preoccupied with living a long life to distinguish himself in human greatness, in riches to extend his sovereignty and in the defeat of his enemies for more land and prestige. But instead Solomon chose to ask for good counsel and understanding in the way of proper judgment.
As men and women, as human beings who are gifted minds and wills by God, we should constantly be examining our own priorities. Do we put our needs above the needs of others? And even if we are good about putting others before ourselves, where do we put God in the scheme of things? As Christians, is Jesus top priority or bottom priority or is he relegated to some place of occasional memory in between?
One way to know if our priority resides at all in our faith is to examine our prayer life. Do we pray at church and at home? Do we converse with God as Father? And when we do do we ask for the right things: virtue, charity, and the happiness that comes from pursuing holiness.
We should consider that if put on the immediate spot we would probably ask God for the thing or things that preoccupy our present goals and pursuits. But God who desires to give us every good thing would be saddened by a choice which did not involve him. We know this because Jesus said: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well." (Mt 6:33) What Jesus is saying is that God's justice and truth comes before earthly things and that our priorities should be in proper order. Those who seek things before grace are bound to lose the way to happiness.
The things of this world include the ways of this world which run counter to the way of God. When we set our priorities on ways that run counter to Christ and his Church we are bound to ask for the wrong things in prayer which is the place and time where God's meets us to ask what it is that we want. Look to the Church for guidance if you have not done so in some time! Look to its counsel in the setting of your priorities which will ultimately lead you toward - or away from God.
Be in the Presence of Jesus: On Easter Day some of Jesus' disciples who knew of his suffering and death on the cross just two days prior, were walking and talking and probably lamenting over the horrific crucifixion of the person they thought was the Messiah, the Savior of the world. They were on their way to Emmaus, a town some seven miles distant from Jerusalem. The resurrected Jesus caught up with them, "but their eyes were kept from recognizing him." (Lk 24:16) They told Jesus of the great prophet who had been delivered up to death, and that even now his body was not in the tomb where his disciples had laid him. They did not undrstand.
Jesus therefore explained to them all the prophecies concerning the Messiah and how he was to suffer and all the mysteries that related to him and their hearts were "burning" inside them at his words and presence. Then Jesus, "took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight." (Lk 24:30-31).
The Eucharist is an eye-opener! It is in the Eucharist that Catholics most recognize Jesus here on earth. It is important to note that St. Luke in his gospel states that the disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread and not in the "bread" itself. This is because the bread was no longer mere bread but the same Body of Christ that the Lord fed his Apostles at The Last Supper. This post-Easter encounter on the way to Emmaus was a training session in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus the physical person vanished, however Jesus the Holy Eucharist remained! It is in the blessing and breaking - the consecration of the bread into the Body of Christ - that the Church was expected to recognize Jesus until his Second Coming.
It takes grace and faith to recognize Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. In the Eucharist, one's eyes are kept from recognizing him, however one's mind and heart and soul burns in recognition. Catholics must pray fervently for this grace and the grace of Adoration, and the best place to do this is before the Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
Come to the parish church of St. Francis Xavier of Acushnet and pray before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It is only in doing so that you will come to greater understanding by being in the Real Presence of Jesus, just as the men on their way to Emmaus recognized Jesus, only after he vanished from their sight, in the Most Holy Eucharist.
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The church is open for prayer every day. Please call the office at 508 - 995 - 7600 if you require use of our wheel-chair lift.
Thanks to all : who came foward to participate in our most successful blood drive yet which he held on Sunday, July 20th in the parish parking lot. We had 31 individuals come foward and none were deferred so that we were able to produce 31 units of blood for the Southcoast Health Blood Bank. This moves us up to 79 units donated this year. Keep and eye out for our next drive in the fall as we hope to reach over 100 units in this calendar year.
Baseball and Boom: Its that time again for our annual parish outing to McCoy Stadium to see the Pawtucket Red Sox. On Labor Day weekend (on August 31st) parishioners will travel to Pawtucket via chartered bus to watch the game and the post-game fireworks. Tickets are $16 each and this includes the cost of the bus ride. Please call the parish office if interested.
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May 04, 2014
St. Francis Xavier of Acushnet is a lively parish with many activities and opportunities for worship, prayer, and community. We extend to you an invitation to our parish family in hopes that you may join in our devotions and our reverent celebration of Holy Mass. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding our parish and living a life in the Catholic faith.
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