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" I am not a priest and cannot bless them, but all that the heart of a mother can ask of God for her children, I ask of Him and will never cease to ask Him." ~ Sister Marie

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

St. Jude and the "Household of God"

In today's first reading we hear St. Paul describing God's House.

Ephesians 2: 19-22
Brothers and sisters:
You are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

As I was listening I couldn't help but think of Mary's House too, and the call we are sounding through the intercession of Sister Marie that all God's children will come home to their Mother; that they unite to form a "sacred temple in the Lord" with "Jesus Christ himself as the capstone."

Is this desire for peaceful coexistence among God's children, "fellow citizens with the holy ones," an impossible and hopeless dream? St. Jude, an Apostle as mentioned in today's scripture, is known as the Saint of the Impossible. As I was praying to him about this at Mass this morning I was filled with the understanding that although peace on earth may be humanly impossible, there is nothing impossible with God.

Romans 8:14-16
Only those people who are led by God's Spirit
are His children.
God's Spirit does not make us slaves who are afraid of him.
Instead, we become his children
and call him Father.
God's Spirit makes us sure that we are his children.

Let's pray that the people of the world will be led by God's Spirit and be true children of the one Father. Let's give this humanly impossible task of peace in God's family to this great Saint today. With St. Jude's intercession along with the intercession of Sister Marie, who desires all God's children to find their way to their Mother in Mary's House, we have every reason to live in confident hope. Mary, Mother of Jesus our Lord, always brings us to her Son, Prince of Peace. Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
Mary, Our Lady of Ephesus, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
St. Jude, Patron of the Impossible, pray for us.
St. Paul, Patron of all Converts to Christianity, pray for us.
All you Saints, Apostles, and Angels, pray for us.
Sister Marie, pray for us.