Pastor’s Reflection for January 15, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

As we live our lives, we need to take care of many issues, whether they be physical, emotional, financial, work or other responsibilities. A high priority is in our spiritual life. It is important for our eternity is at stake, a life in heaven with God or one in hell apart from God. We need to feed the soul with daily prayer and Scripture. On Sunday, we need to gather together with the Christian family to worship our God and to be fed at the table of Scripture and Eucharist. We can also consider Mass on a daily basis and spend time in Eucharistic Adoration. This is the example of Mother Teresa. I came across this article in a booklet written on the life of Mother Teresa which is good for one’s reflection.

“Be kind to each other in your homes. Be kind to those who surround you. I prefer that you make mistakes in kindness rather than work miracles in unkindness.”

I remember how my grandmother used to say that “you are no greater than you are within the four walls of your own home.” That used to send shivers down my spine! You see, it is easy to be polite to the people we see at church on Sunday. It’s easy to be patient and courteous with the people we see in the checkout line at the grocery store. But once we step in through our own kitchen door and we are in our home, with our own family, we let down our guard; we show our true colors. If you want to know the measure of your own holiness right now, if you want to know how you appear before the eyes of God at this very moment, then look at how you treat your own family. When no one is looking, are you kind, loving and gentle with your children? Are you patient and endlessly forgiving with your spouse? This is where holiness begins. This is where our virtue is unceasingly tried, practiced and strengthened. This is where our patience is sometimes pushed to the limit and our loving kindness is rigorously tested. This is where our virtues can reach the degree of heroic!

If we keep coming to Christ, as Mother Teresa did each day in Holy Communion, Eucharistic adoration and prayer, then we can be filled with divine grace, peace and love. We will be enabled to meet our daily challenges and interact with our loved ones at home in a more saintly and inspiring way.

I desire mercy, not sacrifice.  MATTHEW 12:7:9:13 ~ Mother Teresa , With Great Love

 

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, January 17, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

God love you,