When I was growing up if ever I showed an inordinate amount of attention to obedience or went out of my way to be helpful to one of my parents they would often respond with: “What do you want now?” Manipulation is often the game many people play to acquire what they really desire. We see this in our families, in school and even in employment settings. In this Sunday’s scriptural lessons, Jesus, “checks in” with His disciples about the perception He is making on the crowds, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” From most of the answers, it appears that the populous is moving toward authentic recognition. Peter professes his faith that Jesus is the Christ of God but is then told to speak no more of this. The Messiah that was expected was not the Messiah Jesus was to be. Rather, he challenges us all to embrace the cross which is an authentic witness to the values of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is the authentic Messiah of God who will give up His life freely so as to benefit us and open the door of the Kingdom to all. His life, death and resurrection showed us the way. Unlike others, we are not called to play a game of graciousness to get what we really want but graciously lay our lives out in service to others regardless of the outcome. Why do this? This is the way we can truly live the spark of the divine within us and in whose image and likeness we are created.
THE ORLANDO TRAGEDY summons us all to care about those who needlessly lost their lives, as well as those who were injured, their families and friends and even the whole Orlando community. This brings to mind the many other horrific acts of needless violence that have occurred in the past causing us all to pray: “Lord have mercy.” The Gospel of Jesus teaches us that all human lives matter and we pray that we may confront all acts of violence with the peace of God’s promised kingdom and Jesus’ law of love and respect.
FATHER DANIEL CELEBRATED HIS FIRST ANNIVERSARY in Rome last week. While I was at the priest’s convocation and missing he and Fr. Mark’s presence, Fr. Daniel e-mailed me photos of this receiving a blessing from Pope Francis. I guess he knows the right people….
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.