Hello its me

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

A young man wrote to his spiritual leader about his concerns in life. He wrote about the bad economy and that he was worried he might not get a job after his studies. Describing the area which he came from did not lend itself to a great deal of hope and economic prosperity. It was like a prayer, sent but a real response was not expected.

Ring Ring...Hello Michael... This is Pope Francis, How are you today? That is the phone call received by Stefano Cabizza, 19 of Padua Italy. As they spoke young Stefano addressed the Pontiff as “Lei” or a very formal You (Vy in Czech), to which the Pope replied, please use the “Tu” or informal address (Ty in Czech).

He went on to say that the apostles most likely did not address Christ as “your Excellency”. The apostles and Christ were friends and they supported one another. He (Michael) should feel the same, now that they were friends.

I have seen Father William do the same a hundred times.

Recently when looking for some background material, A clip called Best Inspirational Movie scenes EVER caught my attention. In the clip there is a talk between Rocky Balboa and his son, from the movie Rocky Balboa. He said to his son “When things got hard, you started looking for someone to blame. Like a big shadow...Let me tell you something you already know, The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, but about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That is how winning is done.

I doubt when any of us got up this morning, we were expecting to hear a quote from a Sylvester Stallone movie in church. Even more of you are curious what Pope Francis’ phone call and the inspirational Father Son talk have to do with each other?

How about Compassion and Giving? What about caring for your fellow man?

Life is a struggle, being a good Christian is a struggle, no one doubts these facts.

You see charity, giving, and kindness don’t always have to be in the form of a clothes drive, or a hot meal. Sometimes it is our time, our wisdom and our inspiration that can provide the spark to help someone with their struggle.

Sometimes we can find the inspiration from scriptures, sometimes from nature, but the touch and kind word of a friend or mentor can mean so much.

The responsibility to spiritually inspire and assist our fellow man does not only lie with our priests. It lies with each and everyone of us.

When we leave today, take a challenge, a page from our Holy Pontiff Francis... Take the time to reach out, make the effort to inspire... You never know how much strength and inspiration you might receive in return.

God Bless