My favorite “Catholics Come Home” commercial was the one with the very large warehouse that a person walks into. The door closes behind them. In the darkened room they see a lounge chair to which they make their way and are seated. In front of them is a screen that begins to contain images from their life. They laugh at the joyful times. They appear embarrassed, disturbed, and emotionally upset at the “not so noble” times of their lives. When the images stop they get up and walk back out of the door getting a second chance to live their life differently. This weekend’s Biblical lesson is much the same. The great King David, commits a serious sin which he attempts to hide from everyone except he cannot do so with the Lord God Almighty who calls him to task. He repents and is forgiven. Because of the seriousness of this sin and the gracious gift of God’s forgiveness, David is never the same. In the Gospel a “sinful” woman humbly performs an act of customary kindness to a guest, the role of a house servant, while the guest, Jesus, reclines at table with a leading Pharisee. She loves much for she has been forgiven much. Recalling our sinfulness is not a virtue in our day and age but a necessary one for every Christian. We have to realize that God loves us so much and no sin we commit can ever separate us from God’s love for us. But we also need to recognize our sin, feel the guilt of our betrayal, and receive the loving touch of God’s embrace again and again. Thus we can learn from our sinful mistakes, grow more into the image that we were meant to display for all to see and give Glory to God as we do so. While we possess the breath of life, let us take every opportunity to acknowledge God’s unconditional love for us.
WELCOME FR. ANDREW LAURICELLA, vocation director for our Diocese, who is our guest presider at Masses this weekend within the St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres Parish Communities. May many more hear the call of the Lord and respond to their vocations as Priests, Deacons, and Consecrated Religious.
APPARENT NEED FOR MORE CONVERSATION…. Many of our parishioners who weekly attend the 10AM Mass on Sunday, see me at events within the parish or diocese and jokingly walk up and introduce themselves to me. Though meant in humor it does indicate the frustration of my absence from the 10AM Mass at St. Lawrence that I share as well. When we took on additional priests the request came to move from the 12Noon Mass back to 10AM however with the modification of the schedule, so I can be present at least every other week in the city parishes, the return to 10am prevents that from happening. St. Lawrence also has an additional expense that we struggle to afford at this time. We may need some more time of prayer, discernment and conversation about returning back to 12Noon…Fr. Ron.
MARIA CHOMICKA has been with us as our Keyboardist, Pastoral Musician, and Choir Director for the last year. Maria has received and accepted an opportunity with another parish in order to advance her role in pastoral music. We wish her well and thank her for being with us at the 10AM Mass each Sunday. Blessings to you Maria.