Monday, February 3, 2014

The Super Bowl and the Church

Yesterday in New York we were keenly aware of two events: the Super Bowl and the World Day for Consecrated Life (find the Pope's message here). While so many were buzzing around the New York metro area, some of our brothers renewed their vows for one year & some of our sisters became Postulants.

I was thinking about how many people had to work together to make the Super Bowl a reality - from the factory workers who sewed the uniforms to the people who are still cleaning up - there was a massive number of people involved, each doing their own particular part. Each team is composed of a variety of people: offense, defense, special squads, coaches, physical therapists, etc.

The Church is the same, from the Pope to the people in the pews, each person has a special place in God's plan. Those called to the consecrated life - priests, brothers & sisters - have a unique role in the Body of Christ. Saint Paul used the analogy of a body to express the reality of unity and diversity in the Church (see 1 Cor 12). The Church is made up of so many people who all work together in living and proclaiming the Gospel, the Kingdom of God. Blessed Pope John Paul II would often offer this piece of advice to various groups, "Be who you are!" I think that it is time to name and claim our place on God's team & unite for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil (I don't mean to imply that the Denver Broncos represent the enemy ;)

+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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