Pastor’s Reflection for January 29, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Many of our parishioners are reading the Scriptures on a daily basis.

Approximately, 300 people ordered the commentary on St. Matthew. I thought this following article from The Word Among Us would be of interest.

When Jesus chose his apostles, he picked people whom he could trust and to heal and preach on his behalf, but he first needed to understand the message they were going to proclaim. And so Jesus wanted them to “be with him.” (Mark 3:14)

In order for the apostles to be effective, they had to know Jesus well. They had to learn, not only his thoughts and plans, but also his desires and dreams. They had to know what was on his heart and that could happen only as they spent time with him.

Now, we can’t exactly sit around the fire talking with Jesus the way the apostles did but that doesn’t have to keep us from getting to know him better. There are many ways to do this, but let’s look at one of the best: spend time every day reading and studying Scripture. You can do this alone or join a Bible study group at church. Or you can pick up a couple of books on Scripture written by trusted authors that can help you understand what you are reading.

Don’t stop at reading though. Take what you have learned, and sit before the Lord with it in adoration. Ask Jesus, in light of what you’re learning from Scripture, what his “policy” is on some of the issues that you are facing or on the broader issues in your community or the world around you. Let his word guide you as you seek the answers, but also see if anything moves in your heart-anything that you think may come from the Holy Spirit.

Remember, the more you know Jesus and how he thinks and feels, the better ambassador you’ll be!

As a reminder, we will have the monthly Healing Mass this Wednesday, February 1, starting with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

God love you,