January 31, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Like Jeremiah, in our first reading today, Jesus was consecrated in the womb and sent as a “prophet to the nations.” This mission is also the mission of His Mystical Body, our mission, as Fran beautifully reminded us in last weekend’s column. Like the prophets before Him, Jesus faced hostility, and so will we. This shouldn’t surprise us. One moment people will love us, just as they loved Jesus. In the same way His hometown quickly turns on Him demanding a sign, proof that He’s more than just “the Son of Joseph,” those around us will ask, “Who do you think you are to proclaim ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life?’”
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we pray that all who long for salvation, healing, hope and the truth, will be set free, will hear and believe in the Good News. “But how can they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent” (Romans 10:14-15)? As His Mystical Body, we His Church, are sent to proclaim the Good News in word and action. Clearly, our hearts must be in the right place, firmly rooted in the Heart of Jesus.
This week let us reflect on St. Paul’s beautiful words in our second reading. Let us pray for the three theological virtues in heroic and saintly quantities. To serve Him well, we need these supernatural virtues. Above all, St. Paul reminds us, we need love. “So faith, hope and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
The record-breaking storm/blizzard of 2016 is one that I will not soon forget. With a travel ban in the city, many roads, driveways and sidewalks buried, and a reminder from the Diocese to be safe, it was a bit lonely here this past weekend. We had three brave souls at both the 5:30 pm and the 8:30 am Masses and then 21 at the 11:00 am. At the last Mass I even had a lector and three servers who offered their services; thanks! For most of us, it was a weekend of staying home and making do. Even those who normally can’t join us had to settle for a rerun of our broadcast. I do hope that it was also a time of quiet, prayer and family time. Still, I’m glad it’s past and that you’re here again. You are my family, we belong together!
This week we celebrate Catholic Schools Week! This year’s theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Please see this bulletin for information on the events planned at Resurrection Catholic Elementary School and at Lancaster Catholic High School. We have great programs!
Catechism Question of the Week: What does the Church mean by “the obedience of faith? A) To submit one’s intellect and will to God, B) With our whole being giving our assent to God the revealer, C) Our human response to God, author of revelation, or D) All of the above. (see CCC 143)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: What have I left to follow Jesus?
In Christ’s Peace,