Dear Church Family,
Well, Church, even though it was a bit cold last week we gathered and celebrated not only the Baptism of the Lord, but our Mass Mob as well. It was truly an uplifting service! We had over 400 people to come out and celebrate with us. Alleluia! I would like to thank everyone who helped, prayed and was able to come to the Mass for your ever-wonderful, spirit-filled hospitality, joy and participation.
In our second reading today, the prophet Paul talks about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each of us have been given a special gift or talent. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another, the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another, faith by the same Spirit; to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit.” All of us are called to use our God-given gifts and talents to build up and uplift our community. When we are attentive to the needs of others, we build up the Kingdom of God.
Continue to rely on the Blessed Mother as we hear in this first of Jesus’ stories (the wedding at Cana) and the role that she has in pointing us to the Lord saying, “Do whatever He tells you.” It is good to have a spiritual mother that directs us toward the Son and helps us have the best attitude. Constantly keep that little thought–do whatever He tells you in your mind and heart this week.
We celebrate this week Dr. Martin Luther King and the quest for equality and justice for all people. Our continued prayer is that his dreams will live up to his legacy. Alleluia!
Love, Fr. Bob