In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Today we remember St. John Bosco. When John was nine years old, Jesus appeared to him in a powerful dream that led John to devote his life to teaching people Jesus' message of peace and friendship. He dedicated his life to teaching children about faith and is the patron saint of boys as he spent much of his life working with and educating boys.
St. John Bosco created community and family though kindness. All Christians are asked to do the same. Ask yourself 'How can I help someone today?'
Jesus says he came to bring good news to the poor (Luke 4:18).
As Christians working together, we are called to be the good news of hope for the poor but sometimes we fall short in our words and actions.
Here's a short story called: Heaven and Hell – The Real Difference by Ann Landers
A man spoke with the Lord about heaven and hell.
The Lord said to the man, "Come, I will show you hell."
They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew.
Everyone looked miserable, and they were all very hungry.
Each person held a spoon that reached the pot. However, each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths.
The suffering was terrible.
"Come, now I will show you heaven," the Lord said after a while.
They entered another room, identical to the first - the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But there everyone was happy and well fed.
"I don't understand," said the man.
"Why are they happy here when they were miserable and hungry in the other room, and everything was the same?"
The Lord smiled. "Ah, it is simple," he said. "Here they have learned to feed each other."
Let us pray: We pray for all those who are hungry and suffering in the world. May we do our part to feed the hungry and help the poor; to be bringers of peace and friendship. Help us Lord, to be for one another.
We ask St. John Bosco to pray for us today as we continue our journey of learning to be the family of Jesus, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen