Pastor’s Reflection for June 11, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Our Eighth Grade class, pictured on the front of the bulletin, graduated from St. Joseph School this past Friday. They were a dedicated and hardworking class and we are proud of their achievements. I ask that the Lord bless them as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

Last Sunday, we brought our Easter season to a close. Pentecost celebrates the past 50 days of our good news of being saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus and concludes with receiving an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We are called to go forth and share this good news. I came across this reflection and it is good for parents to consider:

Sometimes I seem to lack good practical judgment in living out my Christian life.

Even Jesus noted that people seem to use more common sense, more resourcefulness in achieving their everyday goals in this world, than in working toward their goal in the next.

It is not necessarily that I’m insincere about my faith life. I’m just less practical. Sometimes I seem to leave the fulfillment of my religious goals to chance. I assume that good intentions are enough and I don’t need to take practical steps along the way to see to it that these good intentions are fulfilled.

Consider the practical steps parents take in raising a child. They read books about parenting. They consult doctors to be sure that their child stays healthy. They buy educational toys, have books around the house – whatever it takes to make sure their child succeeds in life.

But when it comes to their faith, the same parents might not take the same practical steps to make sure that their child grows in faith. A child could grow up in a Catholic family today without ever knowing some of our rich Catholic traditions. A child might never know some of the devotions or prayers that are part of Catholicism.

When I commit myself to following the Lord’s footsteps, I commit myself to a particular way of life. That way of life takes common sense and practical planning in order to make my commitment to Christ more than words.

Maybe I should talk to the Lord about my plans for following Him.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, June 13, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

God love you,