Pastor’s Reflection for February 5, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This is Super Bowl Sunday. We look forward to celebrating the Patriots’ win at the end of the game. We will all share in their success and many will attend the victory parade that will follow. It is funny how a few people who play a game have such an effect on a multitude of people. It is the players that do all the work practicing, studying, traveling and playing while we enjoy the victory. This is a good comparison to our spiritual life. Jesus came and did the work to achieve our victory over the powers of sin and death. He paid the ransom price for our salvation, His own body and blood. But unlike the football fans, we need to participate in the work. For us, we can not just be spectators. We need to work with the Holy Spirit in turning away from sin and sharing in the Lord’s work of teaching, preaching and healing. We are to continue His work in proclaiming the Good News and come against and be victorious over the powers of darkness. If we are going to share and participate in the Lord’s victory, we need to grow in holiness and in our relationship with Jesus. Yes, we are on the winning side. Our faithfulness will earn us the crown of glory in our heavenly homeland. We will be marching with the saints into the kingdom of heaven.

For your information:

¨ We have been experiencing leaks in the roof over the youth room. Last week, we had some repairs done and hopefully the problem has been resolved. We’ll see when we have our next heavy rain and snow event.

¨ We have installed new lights of a higher wattage in the foyer. This space has always been pretty dark so it was decided to brighten up the space with better lighting.

¨ In the near future, we hope to add some lighting on the front door of the plaza entrance of the Church.

In my readings this week, I came across this writing:

Every day that you live means one less day remaining in your lifespan on this earth. Actually, this is very good news for the disciple of Jesus. At the end of each day, you can tell yourself, I’m one step closer to heaven.” Now that puts one’s life in perspective.

I will be available for confession this week on Wednesday, February 8, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

God love you,