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St. Bartholomew Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Needham, Massachusetts. We are a faith-filled community of believers, engaged in a wide variety of stewardship activities. We have a religious education program for children and many ministry programs for adults.

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Reflections for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: We all know people or hear of people who are constantly giving of themselves for the sake of others, just like Jesus did. Who are the people in our lives that we remember and cherish for this? Then intentions of the heart are so very important for Jesus. Love is an act of the will and an intention of the heart. Love opens our eyes to the sight of Jesus in others. Today’s Gospel is about putting the Beatitudes into practice, what it mean to be holy. Notice in today’s gospel we are called to love our enemies and pray for them. When we give of ourselves to others we are personifying the loving qualities of God in our lives. Quite often reconciliation leads to much hope, including making enemies friends or giving people many second chances. Reconciliation, hope and encouragement can bring new life and new joy to us and others.

We are called to forgive and be perfect like our heavenly Father. This is a message of hope for us. The willingness to forgive is a sign that the Holy Spirit is within us. This passage is the most demanding part of the Beatitudes. We are temples of God and we are made in the image and likeness of God. God in the person of Jesus reaches out to all. Jesus had an amazing ability to show unconditional welcoming. Do we reach out to the poor and needy in a spirit of hope? As Christians we must imitate the generosity of Jesus. This is what Jesus requires of us to enter heaven.

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

Does this sound familiar? In the last several months before the Super Bowl and for many years before, we have heard this phrase spoken by many of the football players on successful Patriots football teams. It is the “mantra’ of their coach. What does it mean to them and possibly to us? It has also suddenly appeared in a new context in various town hall meetings with town residents and their elected officials–senators and reps. “DO YOUR JOB” has become the mantra of the people expressing a dissatisfaction with the status quo of their leaders and it is not a cry of success.

There are several levels that address us personally in this mantra. If every person did his or her job, whatever it is, to the best of their ability, we all would feel some of the personal success of the Patriots players. Imagine at home, on the job, in your volunteer organizations, wherever, everyone ‘did their job’ to the best that they could. Your personal relief, your feeling of accomplishment, your sense of well being would increase in an extraordinary way in that you would not need to look to your left or right to check on another’s job or would you feel the need to do another’s job as well as your own for the project to get done and done successfully. A great deal of tension would disappear in each of our lives. Being able to always count on another is a gift we give to each other.

And if we had a leader that truly was the best, could we humbly work harder for the team and the leader without regard for self recognition realizing that probably the best would undoubtedly work just as hard for you and the team?

From this working togetherness, other factors come into play. When successful people interact, there are bound to be other issues. There are egos; there are feelings that because you are ‘better’ at your job, you should get special recognition (maybe more pay) or so you think; you may feel that all the rules don’t apply to you all the time; maybe you don’t quite buy the team concept at all, above all else; maybe you don’t value others as much as you value yourself. Maybe you just want to be part of a winning team without considering your real role in the process. The list goes on. This coach does not buy any of these personal obstructions. Leave all of these issues and any others that interfere with team play and team success at the door or you won’t last long on the TEAM. Just ask the football player who participated in scoring 3 touch downs one week and sat out the next week — no playing time– because he was late to a practice–unexcused. Team first; consideration of the rules; success is working together as a team every day. Accountability! Responsibility ! Consistent hard work! And others will have your back.

No matter how hard the work, success brings joy. It brings happiness. It decreases tension. It brings pride. All positive life elements. It increases good health. So the questions linger. Can and would we put aside self interests for others? Could we live with the team mentality even if on occasion, others got credit for something we did? DO YOUR JOB. BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE. (Army) And all other slogans that come our way. Can we DO OUR most important JOB? That of being the best Christian that God created each of us to be.

LOVE THE LORD ABOVE ALL ELSE. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS HE HAS LOVED US. No room for big egos or distractions here.

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com
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