Reflection for the Solemnity of Brotherly Love 2014

authentic brotherhood

What is authentic

A friend loves at all times. A brother is there to help in times of adversity.

As a young man in King Saul’s court, David set himself apart by defeating Goliath. From that point on, in numerous victories over its enemies, David won the hearts of the Israelites and demonstrated that God was with him.

David had become such a hero that everyone expected him to marry into Saul’s family and inherit the kingdom. Everyone, that is, except Saul. Saul’s heart was set on making his son, Jonathan, king, and he was determined to keep David at a distance. On several occasions he tried to kill David.

Given this situation, we might expect Jonathan to take his father’s side against David. But God had a different design. Right after the death of Goliath, David and Jonathan became committed friends, true brothers. Scripture tells us: “the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” Saul’s murderous attempts could not overcome their brotherhood.

In brotherhood, Jonathan did everything he could to protect David from his father. Jonathan discovered his father’s plan to kill David, and then warned him of it. In parting Jonathan says: “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord.

When Jonathan was later killed in battle, David revealed how valuable his friendship had been: “My brother Jonathan, very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was wonderful.

In the same way, the Good Samaritan’s care for a stranger and foreigner were true signs of a brotherhood that surpassed religion, blood, and tribe.

Jesus is not just giving us a tale about being charitable. It is not even about going above and beyond to do good or to be loving. His call is much deeper, much more important. He is calling us to faithfully live out our humanity, to recognize and express the image of God that is within us. He calls us to authenticity.

Authenticity is the degree to which we are true to our baptismal commitment.

We yearn to be true to our baptism, but we can become mixed up and confused. We sometimes fail to recognize God’s spirit and call which He placed within us. Our souls constantly call us to become more like God, to grow closer to Him, and to exhibit His life in us by authentic brotherhood, but sometimes we ignore that call. When authentic we come to terms with being in a material world where we encounter external forces, pressures and influences that misdirect us from our call. To be authentic is to live in God’s model of brotherhood. This is true authenticity.

Prayer Service on the 13th Anniversary of 9/11/2001

This Thursday, September 11th is the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. We will recall the tragic events of 9-11-01 with a prayer service that evening at 7pm. These terrorist acts, and events more recently experienced, were and are inspired by a warped sense of religion. Because faith can be manipulated in evil and destructive ways, it is so important that we pray to God for the virtue of Brotherly Love. All are welcome.


Happy Labor Day


Almighty and everlasting God, by Whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified, receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before Thee for all estates of men and women who labor and seek justice for workers, that each in their vocation, ministry, and labor may truly and godly serve our society to Thy greater glory and his own sanctification and salvation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

September 2014 Newsletter – Preparing for Holy Synod

August 30th and our newsletter is here two days early!

September calls us to preparation for Holy Synod and the four things we are called to do: pray, take part, suggest, and be confident. September also calls us to ask God’s blessings upon our labor and to invite friends, family, and neighbors back to church. Read reports on our summer activities and all the wonderful things our youth have been engaged in. This summer showed forth so many blessings on our community of faith. We invite you be part of these blessings right here in Schenectady. You may view and download a copy right here — September 2014 Newsletter.


August 2014 Issue of God’s Field


The latest issue of God’s Field is now available online. This edition features reports on summer’s youth events with tons of pictures of our parish youth who participated in Kurs and CONVO. Our music scholarship winners are also prominently noted. Congratulations Christina and Victoria. Check updates and information about the Church’s upcoming Holy Synod.

Articles for the September issue are being accepted now through September 1, 2014. You may E-mail items and photos or send them to:

God’s Field
Polish National Catholic Church
1006 Pittston Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505

July/August 2014 Newsletter – What’s Happening Tomorrow…?

July 1st and our newsletter is here on-time once again. It is just before midnight, so we barely made it.

July offers us the opportunity to think of the days of relaxation ahead and how Jesus fits in with those days. Summer is also filled with many Solemnities, Feasts, and Commemorations of particular importance. Read all about them. We consider our response to a neighborhood tragedy and pray for our youth and graduates. We invite you to remain in the Lord this summer, right here in Schenectady, and wherever you travel. You may view and download a copy right here — July/August 2014 Newsletter.