Bishop Thomas Gumbletonby Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace

When we reflect on the Scripture lessons at a holy Eucharist like this, it’s always important to put our reflections within the context of our everyday life — what’s going on in our lives, what’s going on in the world around us — and then we draw from the Scriptures to see how it applies to our life as it is right now in these circumstances. This morning, I think it’s very providential, almost, that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the high school class of St. Alphonsus.

That takes us back to 1963, and in the same month that you graduated, Pope John XXIII died, and that was a pope who really dramatically changed our church. Remember? I’m sure most of us do. He was a pope who went out among the poor; he was a pope who said Mass on Christmas in a prison; he was a pope that called the council that changed our whole church, made us aware that we are the church.

We are the people of God, and we have a mission to transform our world. This is what came out of the council, and we have to continue to think about that as we reflect on our lessons this morning, but also [on] what’s going on in our world right now with the church especially….

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