Friday, July 23, 2021

From the Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Letter July 25, 2021

 Today’s Gospel – the loaves and fishes from John’s Gospel- is a classic reflection on how God multiplies his favors, and how we come to share what we have. There are a series of steps.

 1. We are in the presence of Christ. The disciples and the crowd have spent the day with Jesus. That is where we are, with Him who is God present among us.

2. We should be moved by compassion. They notice that the people must be getting hungry, they need relief. When we look around what do we notice? Are we moved by the needs of those around us- their spiritual as well as their material needs.

3. We should make an inventory of what we have, even if it seems to be too little. Jesus would like us to see clearly what has been given to us. How it might fall short is his concern- we should offer what we have.

4. We should hand it over to Jesus. There should be a prayer to go with each gift. We should trust that God will do more than we ask or imagine.

5. We organize people so that things can be shared effectively. Jesus has them divide in groups before He gives thanks, blesses and breaks the bread and fish.

6. Gather what is left over together. They fill baskets with what remains. No one thought it could be done- it was Manna from heaven. We should stop and admire what remains from our giving. The action is in the re-action- not what we do, but what God does with what we do.

 Take some time this week- the gift of being with Jesus, the resources you have, the chance to share them, be prepared to see a multiplying power,

 

                  


Fr. Martin Curtin

 


 

 

Friday, March 19, 2021

From the Parochial Vicar' Desk

3/21/2021

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

 In our Gospel reading for this weekend, we reach a turning point. In our reading from the Gospel of John, Jesus confronts the reality of his coming death. As I write this, I am looking at the cross above my computer. It was a gift given to me a number of years back, and it depicts probably something very similar to what Jesus suffered on Good Friday. His entire body is covered in wounds and blood. The immensity of his suffering had to be beyond words. And yet, he chose to endure his passion and death for us out of his tremendous and unfathomable love for us. Put very bluntly, he knew what his mission was- to die for us, so that we may live.

Jesus says this so clearly in the Gospel of John, as he reflects on his impending death on the cross, “For this purpose have I come”.

Jesus knew that this was his purpose. Through his ministry, his death on the cross, and through his resurrection, to save us from our sin and to offer us the gift of eternal life. In truth, our goal as Christians is this- to help one another to attain eternal life in heaven. Jesus offers us the gift of eternal life. It’s up to us to accept that gift, and in truth, that is our purpose. We are meant to live with the Father eternally in heaven. That is the purpose of our existence. And yet, it’s up to us to make that choice.

I think that these last days of lent give us opportunity to reflect.

The cross of Calvary is in clear sight. The end of our Lenten journey is coming closer and closer. With that said, we know what our mission as disciples of Christ is. We are called to help one another on this journey to God. We have been called to help build up God’s Kingdom here and now. How have we been doing?  Have we opened our hearts to those in need? Have we reconciled with those we have hurt, or forgiven from our hearts those who have hurt us? Have we really tried to see in everyone we meet, the face of Christ? Especially those who we may not like or find difficult? Have we taken the time to be reconciled with the Lord in the sacrament of Reconciliation? Yes, we are late in Lent.

And yet, there is still time. May we not let this time pass us by.

Fr. Ernest Bedard, OFM Cap., M.Div, ThM.