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Christ cleansing a leper Jean-Marie Melchior Doze, 1864, Via Wikipedia

Christ cleansing a leper
Jean-Marie Melchior Doze, 1864, Via Wikipedia

Christ heals ten lepers and only one came back to thank Him.  In human terms, the Lord felt this ingratitude.  We owe God homage and recognition.  We need God.  God doesn’t need us.  Many present day people admit the existence of God and then they treat God with indifference.  Their cry is, “We can live without You!”  Then they wonder: “why are our lives in such disarray, filled with so much sadness and depression, with so little true love for each other?”

Some years ago, a man, named Bill Wilson, started the famous AA Program to help people fight their addiction to alcohol.  Alcoholics Anonymous is known throughout the world.  It is one of the most successful programs to date for helping people struggling with this disease, and many more programs have patterned themselves after it.  Bill, to all appearances, looked like a hopeless case.  Never give up on a family member or friend.  Get them to AA.

The program has 12 Steps.  The first, as offered to AA members is to recognize a Higher Power in your life.  The second step it to acknowledge your total need of this Higher Power.

Beginning with these two steps, countless former addicts keep their desire for drink under control.  The weekly AA meetings hammer away at these two steps.  The members of AA show a truly Christian concern for each other in these meetings.  As each tells his or her story, the listeners offer words of encouragement and guidance.

In facing life, even though we are not alcoholics, we can use these first two steps to bring peace and harmony into our lives.  First, acknowledge God’s rightful place in our lives.  We do this by offering God public worship on weekends.

Second, acknowledge our total need for God’s help to conquer the demons within us, our inclinations to evil.  This we can do through daily prayer.

Everyone, family and friends, had given up on Bill Wilson to reform himself.  All had tried every means to get him on his feet, but with no success.  It was while he was in treatment for his own alcoholism that Bill Wilson turned his life over to God.  He never drank again, and from that experience, AA was born.   We need God in our lives.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 7, 2016 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. We need to show God our love for Him 24/7 not just on weekends and not just at Mass. Be thankful everyday all day long. Where ever we are.

    Comment by K | August 7, 2016 | Reply

  2. When I sell items on eBay, I eagerly wait for 5 star positive feedback. The vast majority of time my buyers do not leave feedback. This deprives me of information that I may very well need to improve my eBay listings or to simply feel good. Over the years, I have started to resent those buyers who left no feedback. This begrudging feeling was true until recently. It washed away after I recalled the story of the 10 lepers. I thought of the 10 people who had life changing experiences most seemed ungrateful. But then an epiphany, a no-brainer: it’s no big deal if I don’t get any feedback at all. And any feedback is a bonus, an unexpected graciousness. And so in light of today’s message I publicly thank Our Great Healer, most of all, for my successful heart surgery six months ago.

    Comment by Ed Miskovic QN '64 | August 7, 2016 | Reply

  3. Great story

    Comment by Shelly P | August 7, 2016 | Reply

  4. Thanks, Fr. George, for another great blog post. That is a wonderful story about the founder of AA – I never really knew that complete story. And a great reminder, too. I love that line: We need God, God doesn’t need us! I never really thought about it that way, but it is so true. God is perfection, and he doesn’t need us. Jesus feels the anguish in his Sacred Heart when we are dismissive to God. I have the very well known picture of Jesus with his Sacred Heart encased in thorns showing in his chest… it is a stirring reminder of the times that I have contributed wounding his Sacred Heart (by being jealous, not showing love, and not being thankful to God for all the blessings that I have, to name just a few.. there are many more!).

    But relying on God, really NEEDING God, that makes us take off that jacket of pride that we wear to make ourselves so important to others! When I say the Rosary, the Joyful mysteries, and the first mystery, The Annunciation: I pray for humility. That, I think, is what Mary is trying to teach us, when she said yes to the Incarnation… that we ALL need God!

    You are such a great writer, dear friend! I treasure you!

    Love,
    Nancy

    Comment by nancywest22 | August 20, 2016 | Reply


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