“Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.’ Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, ‘Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.’”
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
We strive to excel in all that we do; we are made for greatness! Yet we need to take care that our goals are good for the whole Body of Christ, the Church, not just for ourselves. Selfish ambition sets us against our brothers and sisters; it isolates us. Instead, we can order our ambitions toward building up the Church and earn the gratitude of those in need as well. Putting our time, energy, and resources to work in service of others builds up our family, our community, and our own virtue!
In my own life, I find nothing so rewarding as the gratitude I see in the eyes of someone for whom I have given in an unexpected way. I treasure the notes I receive from people whom I have affected in big ways by little gestures of giving. A little bit of our time goes a long way for those who feel forgotten, underappreciated, or unloved, particularly our children and elders!
I am thankful for all of you who work so hard in support of our Saint Henry’s Area School. You are providing an environment of daily encounter with Christ for our children. I am particularly grateful for those donors who give after their own children have graduated, or those who have never had children in our school; these “angel donors” are truly receiving each child and embracing them in the name of Jesus. Your generosity fosters their growth in relationship with Christ and His Church.
We serve each other in imitation of Jesus, and we strive to receive each person as if they were Jesus Himself. We do this for His glory, not our own. Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote a prayer that perfectly sums up this attitude of striving in service for Christ’s glory:
Grant, O merciful God, that I may ardently desire, prudently examine, truthfully acknowledge, and perfectly accomplish
what is pleasing to Thee for the praise and glory of Thy name. Amen.
Peace in Christ
Father Matthew Kuhn
Alyssa Bormes, acclaimed author of The Catechism of Hockey and a dear friend of mine, is leading a Pilgrimage to Italy March 17th-25th, 2019. My brother, Father Aaron Kuhn, and I will be serving as spiritual directors for the trip, as we celebrate Saints, Siblings, and Friends in Vatican City, Rome, Assisi, and more. This trip will include great food, unforgettable sights, and a lot of walking, so wear sturdy shoes! You can book early (before October 17th) for a reduced rate of $3799 by calling Corporate Travel Service at 866-468-1420 or visiting www.ctscentral.net for more details.