Pastor’s Reflection for January 17, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

We are now in Ordinary Time of the Church year. This is the majority of our liturgical year (other being Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter). Doesn’t this speak to us? Most of us live our lives in an ordinary fashion. We get up, go to work or school, go home, and do our evening activities then go to bed day after day, month after month, year after year. This is also the way we live out our relationships especially our relationship with God.  Daily prayer, loving our neighbor, and doing His will can help us grow in our relationship with God. Our journey to the kingdom of heaven is step by step. It is in the ordinary that we live out our Christian faith. Let us be faithful in the living out of our faith as we continue our journey to heaven.

We all have petitions that we offer to God. Paul gives us some instruction as we read in Philippians 4:6; “Have no anxiety about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” When we bring our prayer requests, we let Jesus know what are our concerns. We speak honestly to the Lord. Then we should thank the Lord for the answers even before we see any results. When we think about our concerns, thank the Lord for the answers that are on the way. If we keep our minds on our concerns, then we live in tension, worry, fear, and anxiety. When we thank the Lord knowing that He heard our prayer, wants the best for us and His answer to our prayers are on the way, then we can live with a sense of peace. Thankful prayer keeps our focus on His presence and faithful love. Whatever answer we receive, we can trust that it comes from a loving Father who wants the best for us and will bring His good in every situation. We may not understand His answers at times, but we know we are in the care of a loving God. We put our trust in Him.

Chapel MonstranceThe bulletin does mention the times that we are in need of coverage for our Eucharistic Adoration. We have exposition Monday – Friday beginning after the 9 a.m. Mass up until midnight except on Wednesday when Adoration comes to an end at 6:30 p.m. and on Friday ending at 10:30 p.m.  There is a gradual turnover due to sickness, death, or other reasons. We need to have at least two people committed to one half hour. If you are able to fill one of the vacant time slots, please call the rectory so you may be put on the schedule. Again, this is showing hospitality to the presence of the Eucharistic Lord who is in our community, dwelling among us in our tabernacles. It is our desire that each family is represented once a week in Adoration before the Lord. I thank all who are faithfully committed to Eucharistic Adoration. It is a blessing to our parish community.

I shall be available this week for confession on Wednesday, January 20, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

God love you,