Whenever an elected official is caught in some form of inappropriate behavior or endeavor oftentimes their self-justification comes with a statement: “But I didn’t do anything illegal.” This posits the idea that if something is “legal” it is moral. In this weekend’s Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus “raises the bar” of expectation for those who are His disciples; His students. Again and again we hear the statement: “You heard it said……but I tell you….” In this way Jesus raises the level of what He expects from us who are to be His witnesses in the world. Jesus quotes from the Law of Moses and then shares His expectation of each one of us. Jesus calls us to be “Intentional” disciples; people who know who it is we follow; people who are willing to sacrifice our own will for His. We are called to be people of truth and people of our word. Jesus says, “Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.'
Anything more is from the evil one” Matthew 5:37. The choice is ours. As the wisdom literature of Sirach teaches:
“Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him” Sirach 15:17. Let us choose to be “Intentional Disciples” of Jesus. Let us choose to act “on higher ground.” Let us live out the values of God’s Kingdom that we learn from Jesus.
A SPECIAL WELCOME to seminarians from Christ the King in East Aurora this weekend. They will be sharing their vocation story with us at all three sister parishes of: St. Lawrence, St. Martin de Porres, and Nativity.
ROTA: REACHING OUT 2 AFRICA is looking for persons who may be able to assist in some minor furniture repair work. Often ROTA receives new but damaged items from retailers and is looking for persons who can assist in furniture repair before these items are shared with new refugee families who are making Buffalo their home. If you are interested contact Fr. Ron at: 510-7036 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MASS MOB WILL BE COMING TO ST. LAWRENCE PARISH to attend the 12:00PM Noon Liturgy on Sunday, February 26th, 2017. Though we are not in a historic building of the faith, the movement accepted our invitation in that we are a city community of faith who lives the Gospel through our many ministries and is worthy of support. The small congregation will welcome hundreds more for Mass that day and the collection will assist in the Parish Roof Replacement Project that is underway. Mass mob has a “Go Fund Me Page” that will remain active until their visit to St. Lawrence. On facebook: “Mass Mob XX at St. Lawrence” and “Roof Raiser for St. Lawrence” at www.gofundme.com