Weekly Message

Rev. Leo M. Goodman III Pastor

April 6, 2014

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today we encounter once again Jesus’ dear friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus. We’re told that Lazarus is sick, then dies and is buried. When Jesus sees Martha running toward Him, He tells her, “Your brother will rise.” She responds, “I know he will rise, in the Resurrection on the last day.” Clearly Martha, the one who is often labeled as being too busy to sit at the feet of Jesus, like Mary, is in fact listening. She was a well formed disciple of Christ and knew His teachings, knew that He came that we might all rise with Him to be with Him forever in heaven. But Jesus was not yet in heaven, a reality that didn’t change the truth that those who believed in Him would be with Him. And so we have this wonderful miracle. Lazarus, who believed in Jesus, would be with Jesus here on earth and then one day in heaven. This is the power of the Resurrection and the power of Jesus. As Jesus tells us in the Gospel, Lazarus’ death takes place for the glory of God and so that we might believe. So how did you respond to Question of the Week for today? “How does my belief in the Resurrection affect the way I live my life and how I face death?” May our faith be as strong as Mary and Martha’s! Such faith changes everything!

Please take time to pray with our bulletin. As you read through it pray for the various ministries, initiatives and activities you read about. Lift up in prayer those mentioned. Then grab your calendar and mark on it all the prayer, educational, service and social opportunities that you can participate in. You are the Mystical Body of Christ; we need your presence!

In particular, please choose one of the six area Lenten Reconciliation Services to attend. As we steer our lives ever closer to Christ, we cannot help but see those areas of our lives where we need God’s mercy and forgiveness. Set free from sin by this “second baptism,” we can enjoy with greater freedom and joy the Paschal Feast of Easter.

On Good Friday, I will be joining our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Downtown Ministerium at 7:30 am for an outside Stations of the Cross in the streets of Lancaster. Please join me for this ecumenical prayer opportunity. We will begin at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke Street.

Finally, please begin your day praising God. This is for everyone! I truly believe that this practice will make a huge difference in your day, and if we all do it, this praise will unleash miracles in our parish. You know it; go ahead and proclaim it: “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it and be glad!”

Catechism Question of the Week: Our resurrection, like Jesus Christ’s, will be the work of the _______? A) The Father,       B) The Son, C) The Holy Spirit, or D) The Most Holy Trinity (see CCC 989) 

With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: How to I try to imitate the obedience and humility of Christ in His Passion?

In Christ’s Peace,

             Fr. Leo  
Rev. Leo M. Goodman III
Pastor