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Gospel

Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC, optional memorial
MK 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. 

So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Gospel citations come from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reflection

Father Michael Belinsky, C.S.C., ‘83

Today, we remember Blessed Basil Moreau of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

Like the disciples in today’s Gospel, Blessed Moreau was called by the Lord. He didn’t see the Lord as the disciples did, dappled in sunshine on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He didn’t hear the Lord call out to him as the disciples did, from his husky voice in Aramaic. But in the depths of his heart and soul, Blessed Moreau experienced the Lord Jesus all the same, even 1,800 years after the Crucifixion and Resurrection; he heard the Lord clearly and insistently call him by name.

Most callings are not heard aurally; rather, most are felt. Usually we know, from deep within, that we want to befriend someone, that we desire to be married and create a home, that we hope to become a prize-winning journalist or field-worthy farmer or health-healing nurse or adventurous missionary. It’s a discovery that we uncover, whose truth is held at the center of our being.

For myself, for some strange reason of providence or quirky karma, the Lord has drawn me from my childhood home of Montana to a place at the table with my fellow religious. As sons of Blessed Moreau, we carry the C.S.C. initials after our last name. I would not have predicted it. At times, I’m certain that I am not worthy of it. Regardless, though, it’s the same Lord who called the disciples, who named the apostles, and who continues to call each one of us into life with him, to help hasten the coming of his Kingdom.

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Prayer

Holy Cross Vocations Office 

Lord Jesus, source of all that is good, you inspired Blessed Basil Moreau to found the religious family of Holy Cross to continue your mission among the people of God. May he be for us a model of the apostolic life, an example of fidelity and an inspiration as we strive to follow you. May we learn to imitate his holiness and service and look to him confidently in times of need. Amen.

Saint

St. Agnes, you were the courageous young girl who placed purity and faithfulness over death, pray for us!