June 28, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
“God has the power to provide, to comfort, to heal, to forgive and to love us forever. Hold on!” These five powers of God were the five daily lessons for our Vacation Bible School this past week as our 85 kid campers learned about God and holy saints like John Bosco, Philip Neri, Catherine of Siena, John Paul II and Aloysius Gonzaga. It was a glorious, joyful, spirit-filled week. Our children experienced God’s love and had a great time! God is good; so are our volunteers.
For our over 30 VBS teen helpers under the guidance of Louie Soper and our 25 VBS adult volunteers, it was also a wonderful but exhausting week! I am so grateful to all of you for making this week possible; thank you! A huge Everest-size thank you to Laurie Weitzel, the Director of our Camp, as well as our opening and closing session leader each day. Your sacrifice of time, talent and treasure was gargantuan and the fruit of your labor, epic. Thank you, Laurie! Thanks also to Anne Barnes, our Director of Religious Education, who not only supported Laurie’s work but who does so much for our kids here year round. It’s great to be a member of our Historic St. Mary’s family, and I’m so proud of you all!
God, who created us in the divine image, did not create us to die as we hear in our first reading this weekend. No; death entered through the devil’s envy and Adam and Eve’s sin. But through Christ, we have eternal life! In the face of seemingly impossible circumstances and even death itself, Christ is truly the answer! We see this in the beautiful story of the woman afflicted with hemorrhages. After looking everywhere else and spending all her resources without finding comfort, she thought, “If I but touch His clothes, I shall be cured.” Her faith in Jesus saved her. We see this same faith in Jairus as he begs Jesus to save the life of his daughter. Even after the world declared her to be dead and ridiculed Jesus for saying otherwise, this 12 year old girl would live because of faith in Him. And even though these two would eventually pass from this life, they would not die, for Christ is the resurrection and the life. He is the new Adam, and He makes everything new. This faith we will boldly proclaim. Such faith shatters fears!
Catechism Question of the Week: Which Vatican II document stated the following: “On her pilgrimage, the Church has also experienced the discrepancy existing between the message she proclaims and the human weakness of those to whom the Gospel has been entrusted. Only by taking the way of penance and renewal, the narrow way of the cross can the People of God extend Christ’s reign.” A) Gaudium et Spes, B) Ad Genes, C) Lumen Gentium, D) Dei Verbum, or E) A, B & C (see CCC 853)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: How can my falsely perceived familiarity with Jesus limit what He can do in my life?
In Christ’s Peace,