When I was a child and there was something that I really wished to purchase, I’d forego spending my money on the school lunch and save it adding it to what I had already reserved until I had enough to buy what I really desired. In our own faith community there are parents that will cancel summer travel vacations in favor of simpler ones and use the saved funds to enable their child to attend our Nativity Community School. When there is something that we really desire or some value that we really hold, we will work hard to make a way to achieve our goals. In this weekend’s Biblical lessons the Church challenges us to reflect upon the sacrifices that we make in our lives. Jesus uses the lesson stories, parables, in order to help his listeners reflect upon the sacrifices they will make in order to achieve something of great value to them. "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” Matthew 13:44. What is it that we sacrifice for? In our first Biblical lesson from the first Book of Kings, God invites Solomon, son of King David, to ask for anything from Him and his wish will be granted. The story concludes giving witness that Solomon asked for something of incredible value and his request was granted because he asked rightly. “Because you asked for this, not a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for discernment to know what is right I now do as you request. I give you a heart so wise and discerning that there has never been anyone like you until now, nor after you will there be anyone to equal you” 1Kings 3:11-12. What sacrifices are we asked to make to grow in our relationship with God, His Kingdom, and with Jesus His Son? What sacrifices do we make in order to fulfill God’s purpose for us? “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held from Monday through Friday, July 31st to August 4th. Each day begins with dinner for our children and youth at 6:00PM followed by the Program from 6:30PM to 8:30PM each evening.