4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Adapted from a homily.

The Beatitudes are Jesus' way of describing himself. He is meek, merciful, a peacemaker, and so on. Being called to be these eight characteristics means we are, in effect, being called to be like Jesus. How do we be like Jesus? By being friends with him. Friends resemble one another. If we're friends with Jesus, which we can be by talking to him, we will be happy and blessed.

Today is the start of Catholic Schools Week. Students at a Catholic school are made friends with Jesus. This is the most important objective, in my opinion, a Catholic education achieves. Our school kids are introduced to Jesus and start a friendship that will last their entire lives. They become like Jesus and live out the Beatitudes, and ultimately experience happiness.

During our school's monthly Catholic identity assemblies we play, as kids walk into the gym, "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles, since our theme is "Let Your Light Shine." I'd like to propose we also play a song by Bob Dylan called "All I Really Wanna Do." The song is about friendship. Here are a few lines:

I ain't lookin' to compete with you
Beat or cheat or mistreat you
Simplify you, classify you
Deny, defy or crucify you
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you

Listen to the song and imagine Jesus is singing it to you. My point is not that Dylan's voice is heavenly. Ha! My point is that all Jesus really wants to do is be friends with you. Every Saint Juliana student has a best Friend.

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