Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Thursday Reflection – 2.26.15

A Thursday Reflection from Fr. Joe

February 26, 2015

One of the “traditional” disciplines for most religions and certainly for Christians during Holy Lent has been fasting. We do not eat as much. We do not eat in between meals. We perhaps even do not eat from sunrise to sundown. I, for one, really struggle with this. I love to eat (with the exceptions of the dreaded Brussel Sprouts and Liver :-/)

And yet I know why this discipline is important – at least for me. As a “prayerful” act it certainly, by itself, does not make us holier. It does remind us, however, that while I have a body, I am more than this body. With grace and strength given by God, I work on being my body’s master. It does not have to control me all the time.

Fasting also is the one sure way I can identify with and truly feel what so many on earth experience, not as a religious nicety but as a daily challenge: hunger. During Lent, I can identify with sisters and brothers on this earth who have so much less than we. This way, I want to do more for them because I know what they are experiencing.

Lent is about resetting our priorities. What is truly important, and why? Happy Lent.

A Thursday Reflection – 2.19.15

A Thursday Reflection from Fr. Joe

February 19, 2015

 

As you all know, yesterday we entered the holy season of Lent.  In liturgy, we began with an acknowledgement of both our mortality and flawed nature. We signified this with the wearing of ashes in the figure of a cross.  We demonstrate to the world at large (as in the communities in which we work, recreate, study, associate etc.) that we are claimed by Christ crucified. 

We not only acknowledge, as the rite does, that we “..are dust and to dust (we) shall return.” More importantly, this dust, formed of the stuff of creation, has been given the very “breath of God,” filled with ability to know and love and choose.  We are dust but so much more.  We are redeemed and loved and forgiven.  If only we would accept that redeeming love and not turn our backs on it.  There is much upon which we need to reflect.  I welcome you to that time for reflection.  Welcome to a Holy Lent.

A Thursday Reflection – 2.12.15

February 12, 2015

As you may have discerned in the Parish E-News, the season of Holy Lent is fast approaching.  PANCAKE SUPPER is next Tuesday evening.  ASH WEDNESDAY, which marks the beginning of the season, is the following day.  The schedule for parish Lenten activities will now be posted online, on posters, on e-news.  I hope they are also “written on your hearts” (to quote the prophet Ezekiel).

As this “Season of the Spirit” (to quote a popular author) is about to begin, I hope you will take advantage of the TIME for prayer, quiet, knowledge and personal renewal.  There will be many programs going on in our parish – for your spiritual growth.  I hope you won’t merely “give up” something for 40 days.  Why not “give in” to the Lord’s call to “come and see” and hear his invitation:  “repent, believe, the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  Lent is a wonderful opportunity to begin again on the spiritual journey.  As events of the train tragedy certainly point out, the use of our time here can be gone in an instant.  Then what……

A Thursday Reflection – 2.5.15

A Thursday Reflection from Fr. Joe

February 5, 2015

You might want to entitle this reflection: “Don’t Just Do This for Your Child.”

Our parish is both blessed and challenged with two spaces for worship.  Each weekend we use both sites.  But as anyone who has taken the most basic Confirmation prep class knows, the “Church” is not the place of worship.  The Church is the community of folks who gather around pulpit and Holy Table to be fed by God’s WORD and SACRAMENT and then go out into the “world” so that they will “love and serve the Lord.”

Common sense decrees that, at present, our numbers neither require nor deserve two such spaces.  And yet God has given them to us.  We are called to celebrate Holy Eucharist each week not merely to have our children taught or give them something to do or for them to be seen.  I would hope that we adults come here for our own spiritual nourishment and growth in discipleship.  As we grow in prayer and faith, we become the people whom the Lord is calling us to be.  It is from there that we grow in numbers.  Come here each week – not just for them but for yourself.