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Message from Father Robert F. Grippo | Annunciation Parish Pastor

I remember reading a story several years ago that I believe is relevant for today. During the severe cold of that winter, a reporter, who writes a syndicated column that appears in many of the major newspapers, told a story that deals with a problem that subtlely confronts many people. It was about a man whose car got stuck on the ice while he was on his way home from work. The man was white, and the community in which he was stranded was predominantly black. It was after dark and the man was frightened. To make matters worse, he ran down his battery. There was no service station in sight. He knocked timidly on the doors of a couple of houses and got no response. While he was trying to decide what to do, a car went by slowly; then stopped; and three young black men got out and started walking toward him. The man felt a rising sense of panic. He thought of running or getting in his car and locking the doors. Just then, one of them said, “Could we help you?” They brought jumper cables and started his car. Then they helped him get it off the ice and back on the main road. He tried to pay them, but they refused and said, “We are sure you would do the same for us”. Then the man told the reporter, “The thing that is bothering me is that I am not at all sure that I would.”

Racism in any form is totally inconsistent with the person and message of Jesus. We expect that of Him, but do we expect the same of ourselves?

Or consider as well this. We live in a world that sometimes seems saturated with rudeness. Just listen at the next opportunity, to how people talk to a waitress in a short-order restaurant; or better yet, listen to yourself. This is one of the true measures of a person – not how he or she treats his clients or his business associates, but how he or she treats the waitress who brings him or her a sandwich, or his or her secretary, or his wife, or her husband. Rudeness is one of the surest marks of a small-minded person. We would never expect it of Jesus. Surely, common courtesy is one of the minimal requirements that we ought to make of ourselves as followers of Jesus.

There is a simple hymn, part of which says, “I am satisfied with Jesus. Best of friends of all is He. But the question comes to me, when I think of Calvary, is my Master satisfied with me?”

Interesting question! We have learned to expect the very best of our Lord. Should we expect any less from ourselves?

Father Robert F. Grippo

Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life -- 2015

O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.



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