Pastor’s Reflection for September 20, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

This Monday, September 21, is the feast of St. Matthew. We know him as the tax collector who left his job of collecting taxes to follow Jesus. We also know him as one of the evangelists. We can learn two lessons from St. Matthew. First, this is a good occasion to St. Matthewbring to mind the necessity of reading Scripture if we are to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus. The Bible is the Word of God and simply put, whenever we read from Scriptures, Jesus is speaking to us. In a way, you can say it is like an email from God. Any relationship that is intimate requires both talking and listening. The second lesson, we have been hearing Jesus speak to us of what it entails to follow Him. Last weekend Jesus told us to deny ourselves and take up our cross. To follow Jesus is not a hobby, a part time job or an off and on proposition. It is a total commitment to make Him our primary relationship. May we all prosper in growing in this relationship with the intercession of St. Matthew.

This weekend we have an insert in the bulletin for our new internet program, “Formed.” This was purchased to help with faith formation. In the quiet of your home, you are able to tune in to a variety of programs to help grow in your understanding of the faith. It has been my experience that few take advantage of the many programs that have been made available to help you grow in your faith. One of the problems is that the day or time may not be convenient. This program is available any day or night. I do hope that you take advantage of this program to grow in understanding your faith. Instructions as to how to register are in this weekend’s insert or you can call the rectory.

This weekend we will have a second collection for the Clergy Benefit Trust, which supports the retirement, medical, and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. On behalf of all of our priests, thank you for your generosity.

Also, next weekend on September 26-27, we will have a missionary preaching at all the Masses in support of the missions.

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

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

God love you,