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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Feast of Saint John Neumann

Good morning. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” How often do we, like Nathaniel in today’s Gospel, make similar judgments? About ourselves? And, about others? Think of how often we arrive at conclusions about someone based upon what they do, or where they are from. In fact one of those things we so often ask people upon first meeting them is “What do you do?” How often do we consider who others really are? How often do we look at others and consider how God is manifested in their lives. When we do consider such, we come to realize that God manifest Himself in different ways with different people. Each one of us has very different journeys with God. In fact, no two journeys are the same. Philips answer to Nathaniel was “Come and see.” Like the Gospel story, what is important isn’t so much where it begins, but where our journey ends. This New Year let us make an effort to awake each day with focusing on where our journey is headed. Let us awake each day and consider how God will be manifested in the day that lies ahead. One doesn’t need to look far to realize how our Saint for today, Saint John Neumann, allowed God to be manifested in his life. How do others see God manifested in our lives? In our marriage? In our work? “Come and see.” Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint John Neumann. “A man must always be ready, for death comes when and where God wills it.” ~Saint John Neumann

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