Monday, June 15, 2015

We have work to do!

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino

The following was taken from a homily Bishop Gerald Barnes gave at the 125th Anniversary Mass at St. Anthony, San Jacinto on June 13. Readings for review: Isaiah 61:1-3d; Luke 10:1-9


Everything is relative when we talk about age. Think of how much has changed in 125 years. Look at how travel has changed. I was in St. Louis, Missouri for a Bishops Meeting this week and I was here the same day, a four-hour trip. How long did it take them back then? Everything seems to have changed.

Today we give thanks for the one thing that has remained constant here, the faith of the people in San Jacinto. We thank God for that. It is a faith that has gotten people through very joyous times and very difficult times.

So we thank God for the people who have built this faith community of St. Anthony of Padua, for the hope that they held before them for many years and for the community they formed, a community of charity.

Today we are told in the scriptures who we are to be. We heard what our faith was to be and has been. The prophet told us that our faith was to always proclaim the favor of the Lord, announce it at all times and in all ways.

We are to proclaim liberty to the captives and release the prisoners, offer comfort to those who mourn and the broken hearted. That has been done here and it has been done well. So we live in gratitude.

We hear what the Lord says. The harvest is great the Lord Jesus says. Sometimes we fail to see it. We fail to see that there are those who are ready to be gathered, ready to be collected. There are those who are out there waiting to hear the Good News.

The 12 disciples have their role, but the 72 are needed. Seventy-two, a great number, meaning all are sent to the entire world, because the harvest is great.

There are people looking to find hope. We need to reach these people. The Lord says open your eyes! Look at the needs of the community. Who are the captives here? Those who are addicted to all kinds of things, they need to be freed. Look at the youth who are looking for hope, who are looking to continue their lives in the world and give glory to God in the world. Look at them. They are in need of hearing the Good News of the world. Look at our elderly. Don’t pass them by. Listen to their stories; accompany them on their journey. Do not forget them. Touch the lives of the sick. Let them know that you care. The harvest is great.

The Lord says the 12 are not enough. I need the 72. They are the laborers. They are the ones to carry the message out, to provide healing. They are the ones to carry out my word into their everyday lives. The 72 are you. You have a job and the rewards are out of this world! Open your eyes and look around. The harvest is plenty. Let us keep the faith of this community alive. We are disciples of Jesus. We are called to carry the message in the world so the world can be transformed and so the people may know God’s love and God’s mercy. We are the 72 of today. We are the disciples of the Lord Jesus and we have a mission.


¡Tenemos una mision!

Por Obispo Gerald Barnes
Diócesis de San Bernardino


Cuanto a cambiado en 125 años. Como a cambiado la tecnología y la manera en que nos comunicamos hoy en día. Yo estuve en St. Louis, Missouri en una conferencia de obispos y me tomo cuatro horas para llegar por avión, lo que era meses anterior. Todo está cambiando. Pero lo que ha pasado aquí, es que ha durado la fe. Una fe que la gente a vivido, siempre con la esperanza, y siempre en una comunidad que comparte la fe y vive la fe.

Las escrituras hablan sobre la fe que han vivido aquí por 125 años y en la fe que anuncia el favor del Señor. Es una fe que siempre esta proclamando la Buena Nueva del Señor. Es una fe que proclama libertad a los encarcelados y capturados. Es una fe que pide que se abran las puertas a todos los prisioneros. Es una fe que trae una caridad, entendimiento y acompañamiento a los que han perdido algún ser querido, a los que viven en luto. Es una fe que trata de sanar a los mas tristes, desperrados y marginados. Esta es la fe que han vivido aquí. Los que han seguido al Señor, lo han tomado en serio.

El Señor dice que la cosecha es mucha y muchas veces no la vemos. El Señor manda no solamente a los 12 discípulos sino a los 72 para llevar el mensaje al mundo. Dice el Evangelio, a todas las partes del mundo. Por eso hay 72, es un numero que incluye a todos. No podemos vivir nuestra fe encerrados. Hay que vivirla en el mundo. El Santo Padre nos dice eso. No podemos vivir no mas en el templo, que es un edificio, sino en el mundo – que es de Dios. Venimos a escuchar la palabra, alimentarnos con la palabra y el sacramento para ir al mundo, no para quedarnos nosotros aquí con el mensaje. Hay tanta necesidad.

Los jóvenes desean encontrar algo mejor. No saben por donde buscarlo, porque no ven los ejemplos ni escuchan la proclamación del Evangelio. A los ancianos, dales tiempo, escuchar las historias y acompañarlos. Necesitamos liberar a los que viven encerrados en sí mismos con sus adicciones. La cosecha es grande. Entonces nosotros somos los que tenemos que cosechar hoy. Nosotros tenemos que ser los que vamos a trabajar para el Señor, como hicieron los que fundaron esta parroquia hace 125 años.

Ahora nos toca a nosotros a llevar el mensaje, porque el mensaje es para todos. Seguir a Jesus implica no solo acompañarlo pero participar en su misión. Compartiendo con él la única obra para que los demás podrán encontrar a Jesus, porque lo ven en ustedes.

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