Saturday, January 31, 2009
St. John Bosco
I discovered St. John Bosco while still in grade school and developed an ongoing relationship with him. This was partly because I went to a camp named Don Bosco, but I like the idea that he wanted to help boys who were poor and was willing to go wherever he found them to teach them. John Bosco was born in Piedmont, Italy and was ordained a priest in Turin in 1841. He formed the Salesian Society (named after St. Francis de Sales) to teach poor and working class boys in the evenings. With the help of St. Mary Mazzarello, he also established the Salesian Sister to do similar work among girls.
The entrance antiphon today is: "Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, says the Lord; to such belongs the kingdom of God.:
The Gospel is one of my favorites; Jesus says to his disciples, "Let us cross to the other side>" So they leave the crowd and took Jesus with him in the boat. Jesus falls asleep in the stern and a storm hits them and the waves are breaking over the boat so that they feared that they would perish. Jesus is still asleep! They woke Jesus saying, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" Jesus wakes up and tells the sea to be still; the wind ceased and "there was a great calm." Then Jesus asks them why they were so terrified and says, "Do you not yet have faith?" And they were filled with great awe.
Sometimes we cry out to Jesus, too, as we feel we are struggling in a storm and may go under. He asks us, "Do you not yet have faith?" And then there is a great calm and all is right with us because Jesus can calm any storm within us or without.