Pastor’s Reflection for October 22, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

How we begin each day in our spiritual life is important. As we open our eyes to greet the morning, we should acknowledge that we’ve received a gift of a new day. When receiving a gift, it is proper to say thank you in recognition of the gift and the source of the gift. So our first prayer in the morning should be to praise the Lord and to thank Him for this gift of a new day. We wake up being loved by the Lord and His loving gaze is upon us. We want to center our lives as to its purpose. It is like a captain of a ship who sets his course when on the seas. He wants to be sure he is on the right course to reach his destination. So, we on this journey of life, need to set our course each day to walk in the ways of the Lord. Our basic work is to grow in our relationship with Jesus and to love the people who come into our lives each day. We don’t bring back problems of the past or fear of the future. Each day is to be lived to its full potential. We have our schedules and appointments and we ask the Lord to supply what we need daily. For he gives us our daily allowance. We ask the Lord that we be open to the way that He may want to use us this day. It may be giving a helping hand to one in need, a listening ear, a kind word, or speaking out in defending the faith.

It is good to read from the Scripture to feed ourselves on the Word of God and to let that word be something that we can all call to mind that day. A great way to begin one’s day is to attend daily Mass. One can hear the readings of the church that day and receive Communion to nourish our spirits and to share intimately in the love of Jesus. To begin one’s day with the Lord can take only 10-15 minutes but it sets the tone of the day and keeps our focus on what is truly important. Our life is short but it is a preparation for our eternity. The Lord calls us His sheep. Let us keep ourselves in the fold, dependent on the Lord for our needs and be attentive to hear His voice.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, October 23, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

God love you,