Let us go elsewhere

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Photo credit: thomaspringle.comI want to comment on two features of today’s Gospel. First, in the midst of his work and the great response the work inspired –“The whole town came crowding round the door.” “Everybody is looking for you.” — Jesus takes time to go off by himself and pray.It was his standard practice, as the other Gospels indicate, and from it we can draw some important inferences. It was how he was able to remain connected to his source, to be clear about his priorities, and to act with purpose and freedom.You notice that it is in the midst of busyness that he goes off; he does not allow himself to be overtaken by his work. He does not say: “This is too important for me to go away now. I have to be here.” We say that all the time about a host of less important things.Secondly, he goes off to a place where he won’t be disturbed. “A lonely place”, the text says. Around Nazareth there were wide stretches of desert or barren spaces. For Jesus, quite unlike our surroundings, this was his ordinary environment. We don’t have to go looking for “some deserted place” to recollect ourselves. A bedroom will do. “Long before dawn,” he went off, we are told further. Again, this is not a prescription for getting up at 4 am. It means at a time when he was least likely to be disturbed. It need not be 4 am for us; it could just as readily be 9 am, or if you’re working, 9 pm.The second feature I’d like to comment on comes at the end of the passage. We are told that when he came out of his time of prayer, the disciples say to him: “Everyone’s looking for you.” He doesn’t say in reply: “OK then, send the first one in.” He says: “Let us go elsewhere.” There is obviously great need where he is, but he says “Let us go elsewhere”. That ‘elsewhere’ is somewhere neglected, where work has not been done, or not yet been done. Let us go there.One must imagine what great level of freedom this implies. Freedom and clarity of purpose. He is quite clear what he is about, what he needs to do, and how he ought to apportion his time. It need not have corresponded to what the disciples thought, or what their view of priorities may have been. He decides what he must do.Going against expectations in situations like this or analogous to this takes courage. People say: you’re doing great work here, we admire what you do, we want it to continue, and so on. And sometimes one has to disappoint them and have the courage to do something else.Let me take a very familiar example. Before he became identified with SERVOL, Fr. Gerry Pantin was a teacher in St Mary’s College. I am pretty sure he was a good teacher, and if a poll had been taken as to whether or not he should leave St Mary’s and go up to Laventille to start something, I rather suspect that the majority of those polled would have said: why do you want to do that? We need you here; you’re doing great work here. Everybody wants you to stay. The point is not that great work was not being done at St Mary’s or would not have continued to be done, but that there were other needs in his mind, and he answered: I have to go elsewhere.We are sometimes faced with situations like these, not as life-altering perhaps, but not less significant for all that, when we are asked to show courage and “go elsewhere.” It is in listening to a personal summons grounded in private prayer that we discover what is right for us. It is also there that we get the courage to obey the summons we get.To follow Jesus, I have often said, is not to imitate him literally. This is often impossible. It means incorporating a personal structure in our lives similar to his. This is essentially true, I think. On occasion, however, literalness has its place. Sometimes we must simply do the very thing we see him doing.By: Father Henry Charles PhD Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Let us go elsewhere by: – February 4, 2012last_img read more

Hancock County’s Hobo 100 has $4,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car top prize

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars get top billing at Hancock County Speedway’s Friday, July 27 Hobo 100, racing for a top prize of $4,000.Rounding out the card are IMCA Modifieds vying for $2,000 to win and a berth on the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $1,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $200 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Iowa State, but no local track points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show.Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and free for four and under. Pit passes are $30.More information about the Hancock County District Fair event, presented by McNeese Tire and Auto and Communications 1 Network, is posted on the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com web­site.The Hobo 100 will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Badgers surprise in NCAA, fall short in second round to Gators

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team hoped to continue their impressive run in Gainesville, Florida as they took on the University of Florida Gators in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but they came up short in double overtime.The loss came a week after the Badgers advanced past the first round with a win over Marquette University. Their reward, facing the number one-seeded Gators. In a back and forth battle, the Badgers’ (9-5-8) season came to an end in a 3-2 double overtime loss.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin takes on No. 1 seed Florida in second round of NCAA TournamentSports can be cruel, and sometimes to a certain extent it almost appears as if the game taunts the players Read…The game would go into halftime scoreless as the Badgers managed to keep the high scoring Gators in check. Wisconsin’s goalkeeper, Caitlyn Clem, recorded eight saves — a career high for Clem. The match proved to be a defensive battle throughout, but by the time the second half started, it seemed like a different game.Florida would break the scoreless tie 53rd minute on a penalty kick goal by Meggie Dougherty Howard. Thirteen minutes later, the Badgers would earn a penalty kick of their own. Senior midfielder, Micaela Powers, confused Gator goalkeeper, Kaylan Marckese, who dove for the left goal post while Powers sent it for the right side, delivering the equalizer at one. The goal was Powers’ fifth of the season.For a brief moment in the second half, the Badgers had the advantage and the top-seeded Gators on the ropes. In the 77th minute, Wisconsin took a 2-1 lead on a goal from freshman forward sensation, Dani Rhodes. The goal served as Rhodes’ fourth of the year, delivered in from junior forward, Sydney McGinnis.Florida outshot Wisconsin 18-13 in the game, besting the Badgers in shots on goal 11-5 and winning the corner kick battle, 7-1. Despite all this, the Badgers were less than 14 minutes away from completing a remarkable upset and moving on to the third round.The excitement of an advantage would almost immediately be shattered as the Gators scored just over a minute later. On a corner kick, Florida managed to tie the game on an own goal by Wisconsin in the 78th minute. The game would go into overtime knotted up at two apiece.Both teams would go scoreless in the first overtime and forced the game into to a double overtime period, the last stage before penalty kicks. The game was decided in the 107th minute when Brooke Sharp of Florida beat Clem from five yards out to send the Gators to the Sweet Sixteen.With the loss, six seniors will say goodbye to the Cardinal and White, including star player Rose Lavelle, Powers, Meghan Ledin, Holly Heckendorf, Morgan Taylor and Kylie Schwarz. This season saw a number of successes. The appearance in the second round marked Wisconsin’s 10th time to accomplish such a feat. Head coach, Paula Wilkins, also completed a milestone of her own getting her 100th win with Wisconsin.Women’s soccer: Late-season collapse costs Badgers NCAA BidWith five teams receiving bids, the Big Ten conference will be well represented in the upcoming NCAA tournament for women’s Read…In what some would call a rebuilding year, the Badgers showed some positive signs that could convince the biggest skeptics that the Badgers have a bright future on the horizon. Wilkins and Wisconsin now approach spring play with a lot to hang their hat on after a remarkable postseason run this fall.last_img read more