When I was in graduate school, especially at this time of the year, the amount of work expected to be produced: research papers, preparation for end of the year exams, class presentations and the like, all seemed to paralyze me. The sheer volume of work overwhelmed me. It challenged me to back away, realize that there would be light at the end of the tunnel, and begin taking smaller steps to achieve success. For the early Church Community, the second coming of the Lord Jesus, when He would come as Judge of the Living and the Dead, was thought to be eminent. In the world conflict around them they began to see signs of the “End Times.” In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tries to calm their fears. “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end” Luke 21:9. Many will come saying: “ ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them!” Luke 21:8. Jesus goes on to declare the personal sacrifices that some will be called on to make to remain faithful. But Jesus also gives us His assurance: “but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives” Luke 21:18-19. This year’s presidential election happenings also seemed to polarize and paralyze many. Regardless of the outcome we are reminded from St. Paul that “our citizenship is in heaven” Philippians 3:20. We need to hold fast to the values of the Kingdom of God and work our influence to share those values and allow them to speak by our words and actions. With the assistance of our Savior, let us not be overwhelmed but taking step by step let us persevere in the profession of our faith and be agents of God’s Kingdom to our world.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES HOLY NAME SOCIETY will be sponsoring a New Year’s Eve Gala, Saturday, December 31st from 7:30PM to 1:30AM at the Hamlin House on Franklin Street in Buffalo. Tickets are $50 and include a buffet dinner at 8:30pm, four hour open bar, hats, noisemakers and entertainment. See Fr. Ron for tickets. Thanks for your support.
NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, November 20th with Bishop Malone at 2:00PM for candidates from both Nativity and St. Lawrence. We pray for all our Confirmation Candidates asking God’s Spirit to strengthen them be we witnesses of God’s Kingdom among us.