Pastor’s Reflection for March 8, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

There is an ominous feeling in the air. We can see storm clouds on the horizon. Things are getting crazy. Our weather is like we have never seen before. We have legalized killing and sodomy. We have our Christian brothers and sisters being killed just for being Christians. They are our modern day martyrs. It is painful to see Christians beheaded, buried alive, and suffering many other horrific tortures. Isis is the army of the devil. They wear black and have no respect for life. How can anyone follow a god who instructs his followers to kill those who choose to follow a different religion? Scripture says that the devil comes to steal, to kill and destroy. Jesus says that I come that you may have life and have it to the full. We need to pray for our fellow Christians and to pray that our enemies may have a change of heart. We also need for the world community to come against these radical extremists who are out of control and unite under a false religion.

For us as individuals, what can we do in addition to pray? We need to address any areas of our lives that are in darkness. We may find areas that are violent such as hatred and bitterness towards others, grudges, taking revenge, tearing people apart with gossip, violence towards a spouse or children. We can choose to bring either light or darkness into the world by how we live our lives. This is the season that we need to repent of our sins and recommit ourselves to follow the ways of Jesus.

As I mentioned, there are storm clouds on the horizon. In her apparition, Mary says that this is a time of mercy, a time to return to her Son. Many have wandered away from the faith. God is not a part of the lives of many people. When there is a forecast of a snowstorm, people rush to the stores for supplies. We need to rush back to God by the means of confession and Eucharist. We need to draw close to the Shepherd to be under His protection. This is a time not to be apart from the Lord, but close by His side. Do what you need to do but also invite family members and friends to make the changes in their lives to come back to the Lord.

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

God love you,