As springtime begins to break upon us so too will the presence of the young men, two by two, riding bicycles dressed in black pants, white shirts and black ties, the Mormon Missionaries and the well-dressed briefcase carrying Jehovah’s Witnesses. You have to admire the simple yet iconic witness that these individuals have acquired as they fulfill their religious tasks. Yet, we as Catholics often forget that we too are called to mission. At the end of each Mass we too are sent out. Often we just leave Church on the weekend, go to our cars and continue life where we left off. We need to ask the question, “What mission is Jesus sending me on today?” This weekend’s Gospel portrays the disciples, after the resurrection, going fishing. Nothing out of the ordinary, here after all most of the disciples were professional fishermen. However, catching nothing all night long, they encounter a stranger on the shore who invites them to cast their net yet again; this time, not in the deep water where they most likely would be successful, but right where they were, near the shore. They are obedient and what happens, they are successful. It is in their obedience and success that the beloved disciple declares, “It is the Lord.” At the stranger’s request, Peter pulls the net full of fish ashore. Over and over the biblical texts of the New Testament witness to the truth: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. What mission does Jesus call you to this year? What mission activity, what purpose will make your life complete and fulfill your most deep desire? Ask Jesus and He will reveal what He needs you to do to accomplish His plan of universal salvation. We cry, “Speak Lord, your servants are listening.”
SECOND ANNUAL MULTICULTURAL EVENT in support of the ministry and projects of St. Martin de Porres ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 7:30PM to 10:00pm at D’Youville College Center, 329 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Enjoy African food, music, and culture presented by a diverse group of African youth and young adults. Tickets are $10 and are available in our three church’s parish office. Thank you….Jenaro Aken, Event Chairperson.