MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..Even though I am away, I purposely had Diane reprint one of my favorite pictures of Jesus on the front of the bulletin. Next to it, I asked the question, “Is this your image of our Blessed Lord?” I ask that question for a particular reason. You see, so often in our spiritual journey to the Lord, it becomes one of drudgery, doom and gloom. Reading the lives of the saints, we feel that we must imitate them using whips and cords, and hair shirts and unhappiness. I do not think that is very fair to God. If we feel like our spiritual journey is “smile less,” then we have missed the boat. When you are in love with someone that experience brings one peace, joy and happiness, even in the midst of sorrow at times. Our love for God and the knowledge of His love for us should move us to react as Jesus did in the picture and as Jesus did in the gospels. How often do we read that “Jesus, rejoicing in the Spirit…” Following Him by a severe and strict observance of laws misses the whole point of a healthy spiritual life. I will get into more later during my homilies; but for now I ask the question once again, “Is my image of our Blessed Lord pictured on the front cover of the bulletin?” If not, maybe we are missing out!
At the entrance and exit of the church by the baptistery, you will find our new display and collection box for the GABRIEL PROJECT. As you know, the Gabriel Project helps mothers who might need various articles for their newborns. I highly support this project and ask for your continued assistance. Please note that the picture of the baby is a parishioner Julia Marie Miller, child of Stephen and Sarah Miller. The new drop off box is the old food donation box. There will be a sign on the new box stating where to give your donations. May God bless all those who are helping to support all His children, both big and small.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A bright 8-year-old child was being tested by the Speech Teacher and was given analogies and asked to describe the following differences: Speech Teacher: "What's the difference between an oak tree and a Christmas tree?" Child: "One has leaves and the other has needles." Teacher: "Very good! What's the difference between a saucer and a plate?"
Child: "One flies and the other doesn't."
A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." His son asked, "What happened to the flea?"