October 4, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Our reading from the book of Genesis this weekend reminds us that out of love and concern for us, God does not want us to be alone. No, God creates a helpmate for us, bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and the two of them become one flesh. Regardless of what Moses permitted a husband to do to his wife as a result of their hardness of heart, Jesus reminds us that God’s plan for us is that what God has joined together, no human being must separate. As difficult as this teaching is, Jesus goes on to explain the seriousness of the offense. This passage certainly presents the difference between that which has been made “lawful and acceptable” and that which is truly good, holy and God’s plan for us.
Simply stated, God does not will for any of us to experience the pain of the broken vows of one who promised to love us unconditionally. Created in the Divine Image, we are to love one another as we are loved. Our vows are to mirror the unconditional, faithful and fruitful love of God. Through such vows, the very love of God becomes incarnate in our midst, and we see and experience the love of the Great Bridegroom for His beloved Bride, the Church. While we all know from personal experience the pain that spouses, families and communities often suffer as the result of our human failures to truly love with fidelity and sacrificial love, we proclaim, with faith, that such a love is not impossible. Through His grace, truly all things are possible in Him, and with Him and through Him. Let us pray this week for our marriages and with great compassion for all who have endured the pain and wounding of divorce in our families, communities and world.
This Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:00 pm the Lancaster West Life Chain will form on the Rohrerstown Road near Columbia Avenue. Please join this peaceful witness on this Respect Life Sunday. Also, this Monday and throughout the Lancaster’s 40 Days for Life Campaign, please join your fellow parishioners between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 31 South Lime Street. I will be there this coming Monday at 11:00 am. Details of both of these events can be found in this bulletin.
This was one of the many pictures that I received from you, the pilgrims of St. Mary’s, who journeyed to Philadelphia to see our Holy Father, Pope Francis. We give thanks to God for our wonderful Shepherd and his incredibly fruitful visit to our country! I want to thank all of you for the pictures, and Suzanne Steppie for this one.
Catechism Question of the Week: During the Middle Ages, the prayer of the rosary was developed in the West as a substitute for ____. A) the Angelus, B) the Liturgy of the Hours, C) the Litany of the Blessed Mother, D) the Magnificat (See CCC 2678)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: What is the seemingly impossible one thing that Christ lovingly sees in me that I am lacking that is possible for God to accomplish in me?
Next weekend is our campfire Mass and campout; join us!
In Christ’s Peace,