Dear Church Family,
My sermon last Sunday was to get away from “Eventuality” and I probably made up that word. If you were going to move into an apartment and you asked a friend who was already in the apartment if the landlord got around to getting requests for repairs done in a proper time. The person said, “Well, he gets around to it, eventually.” You have to know that eventually can refer to a long time. Sometimes at Sunday Church we are just there in sort of an eventually, getting around to worship but not really perked up and really ready to hear the Word. So I ask that all would do this little practice. I challenge you all week long to pick some words from the scripture and just rest in it. Since you are People of the Word and growing spiritually and already sitting down at least 15 minutes a day to pray, you can pick out a little verse from the bulletin you received for the scripture readings.
Today we will be going to St. Cronan for Mass. That will be a good experience for us as we gather with another community. Let’s be on time! It is a 10:00 Mass. Today is a special Sunday because it will be the first time we ever left our church and went to another church to pray. But in the spirit of the Ferguson Outreach it is a good thing to do and maybe open ourselves to loving one another. Alleluia!
In the Acts of the Apostles today, Acts 14:21-27. In verse 27, he opened the door of faith to the Gentiles and Paul was able to spread the Good News to everybody. We are included in that everybody count. Thank the Lord that maybe you can rest in the idea of thanking all your elders and ancestors that helped you be a person of faith and spread the Good News yourself to one another.
On the Responsorial Psalm it says, “The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all His works.” I rest in the word “compassionate.” It is wonderful to think of our God as compassionate. In the book of Revelation it speaks of a new heaven and a new earth. The old has passed away and there will be “no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” Now the heavenly Jerusalem. Oh, what a wonderful passage of knowing with all the troubles of this life we can get through because the Lord promised us eternal victory with His glorious Resurrection.
Finally, in the Gospel I found that this new commandment which says, “Love one another” and that is the challenge always. How can we love one another today? Rest in that. Church, I might be giving you too much to do so maybe I will rest more in one of those passages.
Love, Fr. Bob