The Church presents us with three readings from the Sacred Scriptures each week at Sunday Mass. This is done so that we can be exposed to more of the Bible and can learn from the truth presented in the Word of God. Today’s lessons instruct us in the importance of forgiving others from the heart. Typically, we appeal to this teaching when we desire to be forgiven, but conveniently forget it when it comes to forgiving others who have wronged us. Don’t let hatred or vengeance blacken your soul. Listen to what our God teaches us in the Scriptures.
The Church’s liturgical year is filled with many beautiful celebrations: commemorating the lives of the Saints and of the Blessed Mother, and especially celebrating the Feasts of the Lord. The Feast of the Holy Cross was observed September 14. Hail Cross! Our only hope!! This Feast calls our attention to the means by which our Lord accomplished our salvation: on the Cross. We just observed the 22nd anniversary of the attack on 9/11. Who can forget that terrible experience of evil visited on our country? And who can forget the sign of hope which emerged from the rubble where once the Twin Towers stood? Do you remember how – seemingly miraculously – there appeared in the midst of that destruction the Cross formed by the intersection of two steel I-beams? The Cross is truly one of the deep mysteries of our Faith. God desired to have His own Son experience our own lives, and our own suffering. The Cross represents His suffering – and ours – by which we are also saved.
It's now been over 10 weeks since SS Peter & Paul and St. Vincent de Paul parishes came to be served by a common Pastor and Associate Pastor. How are you doing? How am I doing? Among my goals as pastor is to preserve the identity of each parish while doing those things in common which can benefit both parishes. So today we begin publishing a joint parish bulletin. You’ll continue to receive the news and info proper to your parish, while also seeing what’s happening in the other Eastside parish. Let me know how you like it – or how it can be improved.
May God bless you!