The first Saturday after Easter, I was reading my “Word Among Us” meditation for that day. You may know that the "Word Among Us” is a booklet that is published each month, which is a companion to the daily Mass readings. Last time I wrote for our website blog, it was after I viewed a “Redeemed Online” video during Lent. Both that video, and “The Word Among Us” meditation on which I am writing now, both occurred on Saturdays. This is significant because I often do not have the opportunity to read the “The Word Among Us” meditation, nor during Lent always watch the Saturday “Redeemed Online” video. This is simply because it is outside of my typical daily Mass routine, which I follow with reading /journaling. I mention this because as we have often experienced, THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES!
On this particular Saturday, it stated that “Peter and John were preaching the gospel with boldness.” It was a scene of great excitement, but the thing that caught the attention of the elders and scribes was that these two men were companions of Jesus.
How do you recognize a companion? Well, think about your friends. After spending time together, you begin to share mannerisms and phrases. You are marked by similar experiences, and you share each other’s ups and downs, griefs and joys.
Companionship is not so much about what you do as it is about who you become. It’s about how your common experiences change you.
[This also conjures up the memory of a line from the book “The Rhythm of Life” by Matthew Kelly: “Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do or what you have."]
Companionship with Jesus is no different, really. Like in a marriage, time together makes husbands and wives more alike. This is exactly what can happen as we become companions with Jesus. The "Word Among Us” meditation makes the following recommendation: “So make it a point to spend time with him, as you would with your spouse or closest friend. Invite him to be with you as you go about your day. Talk to him in your heart. Share your experiences with him. And listen for his response. Never forget that Jesus wants to share his life with you. He wants to be your companion!”
It then closes with the prayer for the day: “Lord, I want to be your companion; help me walk through every day with you.”
These were very impactful words to me. It made me think of the companionship that comes about by participation in our Men’s Fellowship Groups. Within our Diocese, there are approx. 80 such Groups – spread throughout all 4 Vicariates. You can view where these exist by clicking here.
There may be one in your Parish. If so, check it out! If there is not one in your Parish, perhaps there is one your neighborhood. If not in your neighborhood, perhaps one in your District.
It is our objective that each one of our 200 Parishes has a Group available. To that end, next week we are launching an initiative where our existing Men’s Groups will look to help Parishes - which do not yet have a Men’s Group – learn how to start one.
This theme of companionship is what we hope to promote – how our common experiences change us – for the better!
We look forward to our contact with you very soon.
If you would like to proactively reach out to any of us, please do not hesitate to do so. You can start with me by calling 412 638 0662. Or, you can view the existing Men’s Group list and determine who to contact that may be nearby.
We wish you the best of luck in your companionship efforts!