Reeson’s Ramblings :: June 4, 2017
In the early 1800s, there was a New Englander by the name of John Chapman. One morning he appeared in Licking Spring, Ohio, and taking some seeds from a burlap bag slung across his shoulder, he began to plant them. When he was finished, he quietly left town and moved on to the next town, where he did the same.
You see, Chapman had read that there were few fruit-bearing trees in the Midwest and he decided to do something about that. So John Chapman, alias Johnny Appleseed, set out and in giving of himself in service to others, left a lasting legacy of himself for generations to come.
I mentioned in my homily last weekend that some of our Deacons decided to make the world more beautiful for generations to come by planting flowers. They selected a hearty flower that would come up each year. Perhaps you have noticed some of these flowers in your neighborhood or yards. They are a dandy of a flower and are called Dandelions. The fact is that God calls us to be spiritual Johnny Appleseed, sowing the word of God’s love in the hearts and lives of those around us.
As members of St. Columbkille parish we are to sow the word of God’s
GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES
We do this when we…
- Believe the teachings of the Church contained in the creed and catechism
- Be an example to others of someone trying to live the teachings of Jesus Christ
- Share your faith with your children and form them to be disciples
- Once a week, talk about some aspect of faith with co-workers, neighbors, or friends
- Commit my five percent tithe to assist with the work of the parish
- Meet one new member of the parish each year
- Attend and participate in Mass every Sunday to reconnect with God in the Body of Christ
- Attend Holy Day Mass
- Receive the forgiveness of God through Reconciliation at least once a year
- Spend at least 10-15 minutes a day in private prayer or reading scripture
- Pray before meals giving thanks to God for gifts received
- Attend at least one other prayer opportunity, i.e. Stations, Adoration, etc.
- Have a welcoming attitude toward others at Mass and in the parking lot
- Ask for and receive help from others when you are in need
- Spend an average of one hour a week in service to parish or community
- Reflect on and pray about the service you have offered others
- Once a year engage your political leaders in concerns for justice
- Read one book a year to learn more about the Catholic faith
- Attend one formation event a year, i.e. Lenten Mission, bible studies, SPIRITuality Alive
- Once a year teach someone younger than you about some aspect of following Jesus Christ
- Offer service at least once a year to the school, religious education, youth or athletic program
- Utilize the parish school, religious education and youth programs to assist you in the formation of your children