Be Fruitful and Multiply
Genesis 1:28 – Matthew 28:19
And God blessed them, and said to them, “Be fruitful, and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”
To the woman He said,
“I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children
Pain or Sorrow:
I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing
Pain, Labor, Toil
Sorrow or Pain:
with pain you will give birth to children
Grief, Distress, Hardship
Last Adam (Jesus):
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
The Call to Greatness Is the greatest opportunity of our time because:
The Need is Great
• One out of three adults (33%) is unchurched.
• 60% of American Adults do not attend church.
• 72% of Busters (ages 20 to 28) Do not attend Church.
• 49% of marriages end in divorce every year.
“Enemy-occupied territory – that is what the world is.”
As we watched the liberation of Iraq this week there were many stories surfacing of heroic efforts by coalition troops. As I listened with pride I was reminded of a story I read a while back:
The Rev. Mychal Judge never shut his door at the Midtown Franciscan friary, literally or emotionally. Anybody with the slightest need for the contents inside — be it a warm jacket or his attentive ear — was welcome.
Not that Father Judge was often in. As chaplain to the New York Fire Department, Father Judge, 68, could be found joking or comforting firefighters or driving hell-bent to emergencies. When a boatload of Chinese refugees were shipwrecked in the Rockaways, he was one of the first there, "handing out blankets and coffee and telling them jokes," said Peter Johnson, a friend. "They didn’t know English, but he was doing pantomime and they were laughing. AIDS activists talk about how he was one of the first priests to counsel AIDS patients. Families who lost loved ones on TWA Flight 800 in 1996 off Long Island have spoken eloquently about how the priest spent hours helping them deal with their grief.
He had "movie-star looks and a tremendous ability to speak and sing," said Mr. Johnson. "And that was tempered by his absolute consistent devotion to being a priest." He wore his friar’s robes to soup kitchens, to Gracie Mansion, to the White House, to countless baptisms and funerals.
He had no use — none — for physical things, said Steven McDonald, the police officer paralyzed by a gunshot who accompanied Father Judge on peace trips to Belfast.” Give the father a cashmere sweater, he said, and it would wind up on the back of a homeless person. Go to him with a troubled soul and he would listen intently for as long as it took.
That is why, although saddening, it was no surprise when his body was found amid a rain of debris surrounding the World Trade Center. He went where he was needed.
And on Sept. 11, he faced the inferno with the firefighters, holding fast to his priestly duties.