A favorite pastime when I was young was collecting comic books. Especially popular were those by Marvel featuring the “Super Heroes” like Superman, Spiderman, etc. All of us marveled at that superhuman powers and we became them in our imagination during our times of play. Well it appears that they are back, but now no longer in an animated form but a more human one featured on TV and also in Theaters for the next generation to enjoy. On occasion while growing up, I looked upon Jesus as a “superhero” as well. The miracle stories indicate a “superhuman power” at work within him. However nothing could be farther from the truth. St. Paul helps us realize that He, Jesus, is like us in all things but sin. The Church teaches that in order to be so He had to be one hundred percent human as well as one hundred percent divine. To the best of our knowledge Jesus died at thirty-three years of age. His earthly public ministry didn’t begin until he was about thirty. As human as us he had to ask Himself the same questions that we may struggle with as well: What is my mission in life? Is now the time to begin? The Gospel of Luke, chapter three, gives us a small window into Jesus’ interior life. After His baptism by John, He Himself was praying: conversation with God whom He knew loved Him. It is in this interior moment that He experiencing the Father’s voice “You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased” Luke 3:22. It will be the certitude of that moment, that inspiration, that affirmation, that will fuel his strength in the Temptation struggle and the beginnings of His public ministry. From this passage we too learn that only within the context of prayer: real conversation with God whom we know loves us, that we too can ask the same questions and receive the affirmation and strength to embrace God’s will for us. May God’s Kingdom come, God’s will be done in us as well.
THE DIOCESAN CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. will take place on Sunday, January 17th beginning at 10:30AM located at St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY 14208. Special guest will be Bishop Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. Special features will be the awarding of the Diocesan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship for middle school students wishing to attend a Catholic High School, and the Albert Lenhard, St. Matthew, St. Martin de Porres College Scholarship. Respective parish contribution envelopes will be welcomed in the first collection. The second collection that day will be dedicated toward the Diocesan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship fund. A finger food reception as well as a basket raffle to support the Scholarship Fund will also be featured. All are welcome.