“The Parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action and of hope. They are where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the church’s life.”
— American Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, 1993
(1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17) It is well known that Christians have abortions at about the same rate as non-Christians. Unfortunately it is rare that someone contemplating an abortion comes to me before the fact. It is only years later, if at all, that the aborted child’s mother, almost always the mother, comes seeking healing. The cases […]
This Week: Happy New Year! This Thursday begins the Jewish Feast of Rosh Hoshana. This is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashana means the Feast of Trumpets. It is also considered to be the day on which Adam and Eve were created, thus the new year begins with a celebration of the creation of mankind.
Readings for next week: Ezekiel 18:25-28; Philippians2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32
Reflection: Paul proclaims what we all know and believe, “Jesus Christ is Lord”. Nevertheless, his proclamation may not be the one we expect. He proclaims, “Jesus Christ is Lord”, not in honor of his power or superiority, but because of Jesus’ willingness to become a humble slave. As a slave, Jesus teaches us to serve with humility in a way a master never could. Paul proclaims, “Jesus Christ is Lord”, not because of his divinity, but because of his choice to become human, to be one in all ways with the people he loves. Not as God, but as a man who experiences both suffering and joy, Jesus teaches us obedience and compassion. His choice to become human is itself a witness to God’s endless love. His life as a man shows the potential for divine love beating through a human heart, a reality in which we have all been invited to share.
1. Name one of your life’s role models. Consider the qualities that impress you most.
2. Recall your confirmation. Have you lived up to your promise to live as Christian life?
Prayer: Jesus, we turn to you in love and with confidence, knowing that you not only care for us but understand as one of us. Look upon us with compassion. Teach us to follow with trust and obedience. We seek, Lord, to live out our lives as a humble reflection of your own. May our lives, as well as our words proclaim, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”