10 Mar 23 – Real-Life Hero: Father Daniel Mode, Military Chaplain

Today’s Topics:

1) Gospel – Mt 21:33-43, 45-46 – Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “”Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”” They answered him, “”He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.”” Jesus said to them, “”Did you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?

Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

Bishop Sheen quote of the day

2) Need some inspiration? Meet real-life hero, Father Daniel Mode, chaplain for the “Lone Survivor” SEAL team in Afghanistan and author of a book about the famed “Grunt Padre,” Father Vincent Capodanno

3) The Sister who fooled the Nazis: One of the world’s oldest Sisters died this year at the age of 104. Known as the “angel of the laboratory,” she used four coffins to hide desperately needed medical supplies for the poor during the Nazi occupation of Rome

4) Authentic friendship: Aristotle said that each friendship falls into one of three categories: pleasure, utility, or virtue. Friendship of virtue creates the deepest and most fulfilling bonds. Many claim that two people must have commonality of faith to have such a friendship. But, Michael Adams writes about the deep bond of friendship he has with someone who couldn’t be more opposite from himself in his beliefs. Is it possible to have the truest sort of friendship in these circumstances?