From the desk of Father ed

Dear sisters and brothers in the Lord,


I believe that I, like many of you, had hoped that we would be closer to what our hearts wanted to identify as “normal” by now. Alas, it seems it was not meant to be just yet. We have more waiting to do! Lord, what does this mean?


I sense the Lord is attempting to finally confront us with just how impatient and self-centered we have become as a society: “I want it over now!” “No, you have not learned patience yet.” “I don’t want to discern God’s truth in the midst of the world’s lies”. “No, you have to look beyond what you want to think or hear.” “I don’t want to wear a mask, test, be quarantined or sacrifice my comfort.” “No, you must learn to think of others before yourself.”


Perhaps the return to Ordinary Time, the basic, numbered, Sundays of our Church, ordered one step at a time is exactly what we need! A step-by-step, primer on the Gospel teachings of Jesus; a return to the basics of our own Christianity and the commitment to live as a Christian in this world.


The scriptures for this Sunday can also lead us in a similar direction. As recorded in the Gospel, the first miracle of Jesus was one of “seeing others suffering” and “responding with generosity”. After all of Israel’s waiting – it was time and Mary knew it. She had been patient and waited for the timing of God; so with confidence she said “do whatever He tells you”.


The second reading speaks of the great diversity of the gifts of the Spirit. It gives the Christian the freedom to accept others as “not like them”, “to not be all alike”. 


Oh that this realization might lead us to be more patient with those who are not like us or doing it our way! We can be other-centered because we allow for the Holy Spirit to not just be working in us, but rather, working in all!


May our “new normal”, whenever it arrives, be a time when we and our society act with patience, generosity and other-centeredness. That seems pretty basic to me and pretty Christian!


As always, I wish you peace. – Fr. Ed

 

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