Pastor’s Reflection for June 25, 2017
This Thursday, June 29, we celebrate the great feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. Saints Peter and Paul are the two great saints of the early church. St. Peter was a leader, the first pope, of the early church. St. Paul, who was a persecutor of the early Christians, became a preacher to the Gentiles after his conversion. Both of them were weak men yet the Lord chose them to be His instruments in continuing His work of bringing people into a relationship with God.
We know how Peter, a fishermen, was one who talked a good game but fell short in practice. We see this in his denial of the Lord in the garden. Paul was a sinful man who killed Christians and was doing all he could to destroy the early Church. However, we see how both received the Holy Spirit and their lives were changed. Peter began to boldly proclaim the good news and in one day baptized 3,000 people. Paul traveled miles and miles to different places and established churches. His letters to these different communities are now regarded as inspired Scriptures.
One lesson that we can learn from this feast day is that the Lord can take weak and sinful people and use them in a mighty way. This means you and me. We are to be instruments in the hands of God. All we need is a willing attitude, a humble heart, and an openness to the Holy Spirit. With this in mind, may we continue to learn the good news of our faith and share it with those in our lives.
This past week, we renovated the chapel floor. We pulled up the carpet and replaced it with luxury vinyl plank flooring. We wanted the chapel to be an attractive place for attending Adoration. The added benefit of changing the floor is that it will be easier to clean. I thank all who contributed to the cost of the project. On the topic of Adoration, you will see in the bulletin that we are in need of coverage at certain times. All we ask is for each family to commit one half hour a week. Please call the rectory if you are able to join the many members of our parish community that show hospitality to Jesus by spending time in His presence.
We recently discovered that the statue of Mary in the front of the Church is deteriorating. The statue is made of fiberglass and has suffered the effects of the weather and extensive sun exposure. We are in the process of replacing it with a statue made of Carrera marble. The new statue is expected to arrive from Italy in late August.
We are now in the summer months. I encourage parents to consider bringing your children to daily Mass and to visit the Adoration chapel. This invitation also applies to adults. Mass is a good way to start the day and Adoration is a good way to refresh yourself during the day.
I will be available for confession this week on Wednesday, June 28, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,