A Word from Fr. Bob
Dear Church Family,
How did your imaging go last week of you crossing over into the Kingdom of Heaven and Jesus meeting you with His resurrection garment on? There was the image of Jesus embracing you with a strong hug. Then opening a door where there is a banquet prepared for you with your loved ones. You were supposed to put your loved ones in the image. So, who were they? The reason I did this was to let you know how much God already loves you because you are a son or daughter, a child, a woman or man of God’s. That word “of God’s” is so important. Believe that you really are His beloved. The scriptures for today tell us we are called and chosen to do many wonderful gifts, wonderful good things, wonderful deeds of love and concern. So blessedly assured if you are a child of God. If you have doubts that Jesus has already welcomed you into His Kingdom please come and talk to me. We will straighten you out and give you the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where Jesus forgives everything. Maybe that will help you along. Also in this total image of which you totally belong already to the Kingdom of God. When the final crossing happens with death, all is well because you already belong to God.
Now back to reality! Here you are on October 22 hearing from the Prophet Isaiah that you are called and thanking the Lord that He saved the Israelite people. They are our spiritual ancestors in faith by bringing a Pagan king to do our battle so we could come back to the promised land. Appreciating that Jesus does all things for our good, we just know we have been chosen and have power because we have the Holy Spirit within us, as St. Paul says. Finally, we are chosen to go into our daily world with all its struggles and problems worrying about health care, war, violence, not totally pleased with all that is going on politically. Still we are people of the world. Maybe when we hear the words, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” As it says today, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Everything belongs to God and we try to make it a better world starting off with voting. We have to live in a political society, pray for better neighborhoods, better protection from police, better respect for everybody so that everybody is at peace in our daily living and loving. So, Church, continue your image of you going to heaven. Then come back with the image that you are glad to grow in union with the Lord and very glad to live that union out by loving everybody in your life. Alleluia!
Love, Fr. Bob