There is a program on the Cable History Channel called American Restoration. People bring to the business items of historical and personal value to their family or their lives. Sometimes when I see what they bring and the condition that it is in I’m tempted to think, “Dude, just throw that out and buy another one.” But as the saying goes, “they don’t make things the way they used to.” The leader of the show takes on the project and his team is busy with the work of restoration. Then the owner of the item returns for the great “reveal.” Jesus’ ministry, as recorded in the Gospel of Mark, is focused upon the restoration of people’s lives. The sign of God’s Kingdom is restoration. Jesus “restores” Peter’s mother-in-law who immediately begins to wait upon and provide for her company’s needs. On hearing where Jesus is, many come seeking His touch. They are variously afflicted by illnesses and possessions. But one thing they have in common? These illnesses and possessions separate them from their family and religious communities for they are culturally “unclean.” This means that they are alienated, discriminated against, and often times physically separated from family, friends, and the community. The attention and care of this Rabbi of Nazareth bring restoration and healing. Someone cares to give them the “time of day,” to listen to their needs and address their concern. Even near the end of this weekend’s passage from Mark’s Gospel, Jesus attends to his own needs, rising early before dawn and going to an “out of the way” place to pray, converse and be with His heavenly Father. Jesus cares for his own body, soul and spirit as well. He also continues to spread this message to other areas. What message is that? God, Almighty cares about you, touches you and restores you back to communion with health, family, friends, and tribe. Faced with many ills in our society we’re tempted to likewise imply that we “just throw that out and secure another.” But human lives are more precious than antiques. We shouldn’t just “give up” on our troubled youth, the cry of the abused, and the abandoned. Like Jesus, we need to welcome, listen, advocate and sacrifice ourselves to bring restoration, healing and wholeness to others once again.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK Because of the Blessing of Throats after each mass this weekend, our scheduled “Anointing of the Sick” will take place after all masses next February 11th weekend.
LENTEN LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON FOR YOU CONFESSIONS will take place at St. Martin de Porres each Wednesday of Lent from Feb 21st to March 29th from 5:00-7:00PM. Confessions will be heard in the Reconciliation Room and Adoration of the Holy Eucharist will take place at the same time in the Chapel. Come and spend some quality time with the Lord and receive restoration for our lives.
LENTEN LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR YOU: CONFESSIONS will take place at Nativity each Wednesday of Lent from Feb 21st to March 28th 5:00-7:00PM in the Church. Come and take advantage of this time to learn from our failures and receive healing and restoration for our lives.