This Monday our country will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. Race relations have always been a struggle for human kind. From Ishmael and Isaac in the Old Testament to our present day, men and women of different races and faiths have struggled to get along. We here in Saint Louis have experienced the pain of people of different races and backgrounds failing to understand and exist with each other. While we as a people and we as a Church have come a long way, much more understanding and Christian concern needs to be evident in our lives. Our scriptures remind us that Christ came not just for Israel but for all people. Let us follow the example of Christ in our thought, word and deed.
St. Gabriel is a wonderful place, where people from different backgrounds and different races can come and worship together. Hopefully this will always be a hallmark of our community. Let us make every effort to make St. Gabriel the Archangel and our city a welcoming community for peoples of every race and ethnic background.
God Bless you for all your goodness!
Msgr. John Shamleffer
Stewardship Reflection ~ January 19, 2020
The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb...” (Isaiah 49:5)
God has given each of us different gifts. In order for God’s plan to work, you have to do what God is calling you to do, and I have to do what God is calling me to do. And guess what? God has given each of us a different plan! So, stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t let envy and jealousy enter your life. Be thankful for the gifts God has given you and generously share them with others.
We are St. Gabriel!