30 Jan Holy Sacrifice (Heb 10:14) by Fr. Joseph Totton
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“For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.“ ~ Heb 10:14 (full readings)
Fr. Totton’s Reflection: About a year ago, I was challenged by a couple friends to start running. Since I had no inclination to do so, not even from the point of view that such activity might make me physically healthier, they appealed to my strong pro-life sentiments. Suddenly, a task which was: 1) “impossible” and 2) “uninteresting” came to represent a holy sacrifice which could, in some small way, change the course of history, even as it changed my understanding of my own role in the pro-life apostolate. Whatever good we do, particularly whatever sufferings we endure, these can contribute to the redemption of the world, they can be offered to atone for the many sins committed against God’s love, including those sins which repudiate the sanctity of life. “Impossible!” you may object! Not so, for all things are possible for God! I may run a mile or 13.1 or 26.2 or from “sea to shining sea” but the Lord will take each step – those of pain and those of glory – and unite them to his saving Sacrifice.
* Fr. Joseph Totton is pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Kansas City, MO, where he also serves as chaplain for the Kansas City LIFE Runners Chapter. He ran his first half-marathon with the National LIFE Runners team in St. Louis on Oct 21, 2012.
Faith Challenge: Don’t limit the spread of God’s Word, or the action of His Grace in your life and apostolate by the perceived limits of your own physical or mental capabilities. Give the Lord everything you have, and allow Him to show you the abundance of his Divine generosity!
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti.
Faith Quote: “He added, ‘Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.’” ~ Mk 4:9
Through Christ our Lord,