Pastor’s Reflection for April 17, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

On Monday we celebrate Patriot’s Day, the day of the Boston Marathon. The marathon is a great spiritual teaching in two ways. Spiritual life is not a dash, but a marathon. We grow spiritually day by day. Faithfulness to daily prayer, Scripture and the reception of the sacraments is the means of growth in the spiritual life. But this is where we encounter the major problem. We have a tendency to drop out of the race by not guarding our daily prayer time. We can always find things to do that can cause us to neglect or to put off our praying. I need to make this phone call, to run this errand, to clean up a space, to check an email, and other such reasons. To finish the marathon is to run step by step and not to stop and drop out. It is the same with our spiritual life, to pray day by day, not to stop and give up. The big question is why not spend time with the God of unconditional love, our Good Shepherd, our Friend? Time spent with the Lord is time well spent. One can never run the marathon as though it were a 100 yard dash. We do not grow in an intimate relationship with Jesus in a week. We do it like any relationship, gradually.

The second lesson is that the prize of the marathon is a wreath and monetary prize. Our Run the raceprize is a crown that is imperishable, everlasting life with Jesus. We read in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25; “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize?” So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” Let us be faithful in caring for our spirits. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:7; I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

For your information, all of the air ducts were cleaned in the hall, church and rectory this past week.

I will be available for confessions on Tuesday, April 19, from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,