The Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge reminds us not to depend on the things of this world. This world sees hunger and poverty as the biggest problems, but God sees that selfishness is the real problem. The poor and needy are not an inconvenience but an opportunity — they help us cross the bridge from the side of selfishness to the side of selflessness. Mr. Leo Frigo shows us the way.
This is an edited recording of a conference given on September 23rd, 2013 to the St. Joseph (Green Bay) community of Secular Discalced Carmelites OCDS. The first part of the conference explained how the holiest object in all of Judaism, the Ark of the Covenant, prefigured the place that Mary would have in the People of God which is the Church. The second part looked at the natural world in order to show that Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of all His children.
Everything we have and everything we own really belongs to God. We are not owners but stewards. God has entrusted us with our lives, our stuff, our time, and our family members. Want to make God our master proud? Squander His wealth on the needy and the poor. A wise steward is one who knows how to use his mammon to serve his Master.
After abandoning his father and exhausting his inheritance, the prodigal son discovers his greatest possession: the love of his Father. The older son has been like a faithful Catholic, sitting the in pew, following the rules, but somehow never discovering his Father’s love. If we want to bring people back, we must share with them the Good News of God’s love. But first we must come to discover it for ourselves.
The truths of the Gospel undermine ancient cultural assumptions about slavery. Today the Gospel is working to undermine our contemporary culture of Consumerism. Jesus sets the price for discipleship: Being His disciple will cost you everything. Jesus isn’t talking about a contract (an exchange of goods and services); he’s referring to a covenant (an exchange of persons). We give everything, and we get Christ in return. And He is worth more than everything.
We face expectations from everyone: our spouse, family, friends, and boss. But God has expectations for us too. God expects us to be like Jesus, but He also wants to help us fulfill His expectations. He takes the lowest seat, and so should we. He throws a banquet for those who can never repay Him. How can we do to thank God for such generosity?