May 14, 2017
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Happy Mother’s Day! Along with the secular community, we honor our mothers this weekend, those who are with us and those who have gone before us, for their goodness, generosity, compassion, sacrifices and love. And this is fitting; I love my Mom. But in this month of May, let us also honor the greatest mother of all, my Mom and yours… the Mother given to us at the foot of the Cross, Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother. Just as we honor our earthy mothers with acts of love, let us honor Mary by turning to her. She’ll draw us closer to her beloved Son, and in fact, Jesus gave her to us for this very reason, for we are His beloved disciples!
“Beloved: Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” These are the beautiful opening words of St. Peter to us today in our second reading. He will go on to call us “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may announce the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” Yes, we are precious in the eyes of the Lord, invaluable, cherished, highly esteemed, and loved!
But why? Certainly not for anything that we have done on our own, but rather because we are His children. And He loves us for what He has created us to be, members of His Body, to share in His mission and in the life of the Holy Trinity. “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these,” says Jesus in today’s Gospel. Really? Yes, this great promise and more is what we explore this weekend.
What a delight to have had Fr. Don Bender preach at our 40 Hours Devotions this year! Each evening Father broke open the Word of God for us in his wonderfully exuberant and insightful way. Over the three nights, he communicated to us the critical need to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Thank you Father! As a Eucharistic people, these devotions are so fruitful to our life of contemplation. Thank you to all those who made our Eucharist Devotions so beautiful.
This Saturday morning, we had our group First Communion Mass at 10:00 am. What a blessing! Of course we are also blessed by those who have also received at our weekend Masses and who will be receiving in the coming weeks. To all of our First Communicants, congratulations! May you always know His presence in the breaking of the bread.
Catechism Question of the Week: We are reminded that the Holy Spirit will teach us everything. What is included in this? A) all that Christ said to us, B) bear witness to Christ, C) lead us to all truth, D) glorify Christ, E) prove the world wrong about sin, righteousness, beauty and judgment (see CCC 729)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: Jesus says, “The world will no longer see me, but you will see me.” How will I see Him?
In Christ’s Peace,