We began the day with mass at 8:00am, the rain kept some of the riders away.
There were old friends from past years and some new faces that were ready to take on the rain for a great ride.
After a blessing from Father Anthony, we took to the streets.
As always a stop at St. Raphael’s Ruins ….. a little shorter this year so we had some extra time at the Blue Anchor for some fellowship and warming up.
The sun did come out for the ride to St. Andrews where Bishop Marcel Damphouse gave a wonderful talk on “Everyday Holiness”
Stay in Touch for the Fall Ride – October 11th
This Sunday’s second reading is taken from 1 Peter 2 :4-9 in which Peter calls us out to be “living stones”.
I am reminded of the children’s story of “Stone Soup”
Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making “stone soup”, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.
Our mission is to be the vehicles that allow God’s Grace to travel everywhere, and to be examples of the joy and love that God offers.
We need to get out of our churches and go to where the people are, and create situations that allow them to see Christ’s love.
The first disciples when out to foreign lands, they did not stay in the upper room and wait for people to open the door.
There is an adventure to “live” and we are the “stones” to do it
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Today’s Gospel reading is taken from John 10 1:10, which is the chapter that Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd.
I am reminded of stories of sheep herding contests where two shepherds would mix up their flocks and then begin to call their flocks. The shepherds who calls back the most number of sheep in the fastest time wins the contest. Now sheep are not known to be the smartest of animals and I am sure that the organizers of the events do not ask for complete silence during the competition, how would you keep all those sheep and people quiet anyways.
Are not in the same situation?
Do we not see and hear the same distractions everyday as the do sheep in the contest?
We are all faced with a constant need to be “plugged into something”, consistently distracted, informed, updated or stimulated, we have become so accustomed to this pressure that we have conditioned ourselves to avoid or even dislike silence.
The idea of having silence scares most people to the point that they over correct and wind up being overburdened pack mules carrying with them a collection of books,music or other belongings that will allow themselves to self stimulate as required.
When is the last time that you started a conversation with someone without having to wait for them to take out their earbugs?
We need to train ourselves to focus on the voice of God in our lives, this means “unplugging” and spending time in “the classroom of silence” or “out in the pastures”
Ten minutes a day is all you need in silence to reflect on God’s plan for you; how you can “be the best version of yourself”