Pastor’s Corner – April 16, 2013
A REMINDER: In union with Pope Francis we are beginning a program of education in the field of Social Justice. Our Social Action Committee is offering four seminars that reflect the Pope’s vision of the Evangelizing Church. The first seminar on the “Common Good” is being presented on Wednesday, April 24th after the Peace Mass. Our guest speaker and facilitator will be Mr. Michael Laskey from the Diocesan Social Justice Center. Please make every effort to attend this very worthwhile and pertinent subject.
As a nation we were again appalled by the destruction of innocent life at the Boston Marathon and we are moved to sorrow and anger. Through these terroristic attacks we are forced to join the world community who each day are also victimized by the violent. For many life is “cheap commodity” that is and can be used to destroy the most innocent among us from the child in the womb to the elderly in a nursing home. We live the fragility and capriciousness of life and death every day. All the more reason to listen to the voice of the Shepherd who leads us “to safe pastures” and challenges us to be people of forgiveness and healing. If all we have is anger or hopelessness then we are not hearing the voice of the Shepherd who in the Beatitudes gives us the antidote for the violence that afflicts the world.
Human rights monitors estimate that 150,000 Christians die for their faith each year. That’s 17 every hour. “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (Jn 10:11) Jesus did this on the cross. Jesus was and is both the Good Shepherd and the Lamb sacrificed for us. How many robes are soiled by sin made white in the blood of the Lamb? How do we show gratitude for Jesus’ sacrificial love? The answer is to read and live the first reading of today’s Mass and practice it with your family, church and friends.
Words of Wisdom: No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?