View this week’s Scripture readings at: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/092715.cfm.
During the last two years of my mother’s life, when she was suffering with dementia, the minute darkness fell she would declare, “It’s time to go home.” She would jump up and within minutes Mom and Dad were out the door. During this time, she also headed to bed early— 6 p.m. early. And Mom always expected Dad to go with her. Each night, Dad faithfully trod off to bed with her, whether sleepy or not. No matter what Mom requested, Dad would simply smile, “Whatever makes her happy, as long as it doesn’t hurt her.” Daily, nightly, Dad denied himself, picked up his cross and followed Jesus by caring for Mom—without complaint. Over a lifetime of sacrificial love, Dad has answered Jesus’ primary question: “But who do you say that I am?” Jesus is the Christ of God, the one who lays down his life for others.