Pastor’s Reflection for March 27, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed. This is the great feast of our faith. StJosephEasterBy His rising, death is no longer the final answer. We have life because of Jesus. Death is now a passageway that leads the faithful to eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. We can even share in the Lord’s power over the kingdom of darkness by walking in His light; that is, being obedient to His way of life. There is much darkness in the world today and we can trace it down to simply turning away from God and living in disobedience to His ways. Jesus summarized all the commandments into two simple commandments;

– You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength.

– You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

We are called to have God as our first and primary relationship and to serve the needs of others in our life. Can you imagine what this world would be like if we lived out these two commandments? We see what it is like by not living these commandments by just turning on the news or reading the newspapers. The choice is ours. Do I live in the light and have peace and joy within or do I live in darkness and become enslaved by my sinful actions and cause pain in the lives of others?

It is also good to know that the resurrection of Jesus cannot be contained in a one day celebration. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus every Sunday at Mass. The great event of Easter overflows to all the Sundays of the year. Our Sabbath day is no longer the seventh day of the week as it is for those of the Jewish faith, for God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh (Saturday). We celebrate our Sabbath on the first day of the resurrection of Jesus, the beginning of the new creation. When we go to Mass on Sunday, we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. So let us make Sunday a day that we come together as family to worship God, listen to His word as He speaks to us in Scripture and receive His Body and Blood in communion as food for the journey. Let us take care of our spiritual life to prepare ourselves for heaven. Hell is for those who reject God and choose to not walk in His ways. May we all make Mass the priority of what we do each week. You may even consider daily Mass an activity to engage in for your spiritual life.

Next Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. The Divine Mercy devotions schedule can be found on page 5 in this week’s bulletin.

I wish you all a blessed Easter and may the peace, joy, and love of Jesus fill your hearts this Easter season.

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

God love you,