Pastor’s Reflection for September 6, 2015
This week, many of our children and young adults are going back to school. It is a time of learning. It is good to remember that spiritual life is a constant learning experience. We are dealing with the infinite when dealing with God and thus, there is always room for growth. We can never say that there is no more to learn on our spiritual journey. For many of our Catholic people, high school religious classes was the last time of formal learning. When many received Confirmation they felt it was their graduation of religious training. St. Paul, speaking to the people of Corinth said, “I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food because you weren’t ready for anything stronger.” (1 Corinthians 3:2) Sad to say, this applies to many Christians today. In their knowledge of the faith, they are like infants still drinking their mother’s milk and not able to eat food. This is why we offer many opportunities for adult faith formation. We offer many opportunities to understand how to read the Scriptures and how to understand the story that the Bible teaches. We have instructional meetings with parents of children in our Religious Education Program. We have teachings on our website through Symbolon. We have Scripture teachings in our weekly bulletin. Personally speaking, I have taken theology classes, gone to seminars, read many books, listened to talks, and I am still aware of how much I am still learning. There will be many programs offered this coming year. In fact, in a few weeks, there will be a seminar called Christ 101. This is a course on how to defend the Christian Faith using reason and evidence to the modern secular world. I encourage you to take advantage of all the programs that are made available for you to grow and learn your faith.
This past week, a number of parishioners from our prayer groups went to see the film, War Room. It is a film focusing on the power of prayer. The film shows how broken relationships can be healed by prayer and how one may be set free from greed, materialism, and lust by prayer. This film has a limited showing and is now at the Revere Showcase Cinema. I highly encourage you to see the movie.
I will be available for confession this week on Wednesday, September 9, from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,