From the Pastor's Desk

 

Rev. Paul Ring

My Dear Friends in Christ,

After a trio of "special" holy days (Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi) which transi-tion us out of the Easter Season, we find our-selves back in Ordinary Time. As I've said on occasion, Ordinary Time isn't so named be-cause there's nothing "special" about it. It is given this des-ignation because these are the weeks that are marked by number (from the Latin, ordinalis (numbered)). Truth be told, there is nothing ordinary about what we do here; it is an extraordinary thing to gather as a people of faith each Sunday to worship the Lord. It is a remarkable act of faith to come to believe, profess and live the truth that Jesus has come into the world to give us salvation and that by this act we are redeemed. This past Easter Season was an oppor-tunity to renew our faith and trust in the plan God has for humanity. Hopefully the upcoming spring and summer months will provide an opportunity to further reflect on this goodness of God. We may take a break from studies, from work or from other such day to day activities, but we must never take a vacation from our faith life! Each and every day we have a chance to reflect on and act upon the plan God has for us.

This time of reflection can be, for each one of us, a fearful time. It is always challenging to look within oneself to see where it is one needs improving. But we need not fear to the point of paralysis. The gospel passage today calls us to trust in the Lord to "fear no one" (Mt. 10:26). It is that type of fearlessness that Jesus, as well as Jeremiah (in the first reading) exercised in their ministry. Even in the midst of betrayal and derision, neither Jesus nor Jeremiah lost their focus, never lost faith in God, never took their "eyes off of the prize" (i.e. salvation).

There comes a point in all of our lives when our faith is tested. At those times, we look within ourselves to see where God is in those moments. It could be like the "Footprints" story that, at our weakest, God was carrying us. It could be that we, like Jeremiah (in our first reading), are "tested" by God in spite of our doubt, to help us to real-ize how truly faithful we are to God's plan. God does have a plan, despite the shape of our world - which, truth be told, is as much our own doing as anything else (i.e. wars, famine, "man's inhumanity to man")! We must be careful not to "lose the forest for the trees", forgetting that God's plan is for eternity, not just the here and now. As challeng-ing as this is (to live in eternity), it can be done. We must attune our hearts and minds to live in the surety of God's love, for it is with this love that all can be accomplished. May we have faith in God's plan, hope in the coming of the Kingdom and love for all that God has in store for us. May we trust that, despite the challenges inherent in Chris-tian living, we have a future in God's Kingdom (both here on Earth, as well as the one to come). In this way, we can share this plan of Eternal Life with all whom we meet!

Have a Blessed Week,

Fr. Paul

 


 

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