March 15, 2017
Lenten reflection, day 15
“Follow me.” This is Jesus’ call to us in the Gospel. Jesus always invites us to follow him with joy and confidence.
During this Lenten season we are called to deepen our commitment to follow Jesus every day and in the process to discover our life. Our example is Jesus himself. In the Gospels we see him faithfully proclaiming the kingdom of God. He is always faithful to the will of the Father and his mission to proclaim the Good News. He does this in spite of threats from the religious leaders.
Today we celebrate St. Clement Hofbauer, a Redemptorist priest of the 19th century. He is called the second founder of the Congregation because he brought us out of Italy into other parts of Europe.
Clement always grew in his commitment to God and to his people. He took seriously the call of the Gospel today—to be a worker in the harvest of the Lord. He always tried to follow Jesus more and more faithfully. For Clement, what was most important was his mission to proclaim the Good News with his words and his life. In Clement we see a dedicated disciple and a very happy man.
As we go through this day, we ask the Lord, through the intercession of St. Clement, to help us follow him more faithfully each day so that we too can be workers in the harvest of the Lord and discover our joy and happiness.
Father Sean McGillicuddy, C.Ss.R.
New York City
Scripture readings for today (the memorial of St. Clement Hofbauer): 1 Corinthians 3:6-11; Psalm 117; Luke 10:1-9
Who are the Redemptorists?
Two thousand years ago Jesus said, “He sent me to preach the Good News to the poor.” Since 1732 the Redemptorists have followed in His footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned. Our congregation of missionary priests and brothers was founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Like the first Apostles, our mission—and our joy—is bringing the message of salvation to all people. As Redemptorists, we have a special devotion to crib, cross, Mary, and the Eucharist. To learn more, explore our website and connect with us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.
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