Pastor’s Reflection for July 3, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

On Monday we celebrate Independence Day. It is a great day for our country commemorating when we declared our independence from England. We mark the day with parades, concerts and fireworks. Even in our daily lives, we celebrate when our children go off and take responsibility for their lives. They no longer live dependent on their parents for the basic necessities of life. Their independence is a mark of maturity.

fourth of julyWe can also look upon this holiday with a spiritual reflection. First of all, there is no celebration of independence from God.   In fact, if we were to be independent from God, we would be like a branch separated from the vine. We would die. This is why the Lord tells us that we are and have nothing without Him. He calls us sheep, for a sheep is dependent upon the shepherd for protection and nourishment. If we are to be independent in the spiritual life, it should be from sin. Jesus came to set us free from the power of sin and death. When we confess our sins we are free, for the Lord forgives our sin and frees us from our guilt and shame. True freedom is to live a life of holiness, loving our God and our neighbor.

We will be having a summer DVD series entitled Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, by Edward Sri. This will be an 8 week session. We will begin on Tuesday, July 5, at 7:15 p.m. Each session will be 35 minutes. There is no registration. You can attend all or as many as you can.

The monthly Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, July 6, starting with the rosary at 7:00 p.m.

I will be available for confessions this week on Tuesday, July 5, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

God love you,