Pastor's Message - Easter April 16, 2017
Dear Parishioners and Guests:
Be assured of my prayers for you and your families this Easter Day. May the grace of Our Risen and Triumphant Lord Jesus sustain and motivate you this day and every day. Happy Easter!
This feast of the Resurrection not only reminds us of the great event two thousand years ago. This feast reminds us of the responsibilities that are ours as baptized Christians. It is precisely because He triumphed over sin and death that we must dwell no longer in the world of sin and death – those experiences, patterns and activities that cause us nothing but trouble and disappointment. We are better than that precisely because we have been baptized into His saving death and glorious resurrection. We live in the world but not of the world. We live our lives not for the things of this world that wither, rust and decay, but for those things that do not perish, those things that endure, those treasures worth more than silver or gold.
I know of no better way to stay focused on the really important things in life than to make Sunday Mass the fixed point of every week. Great things happen when a person makes the commitment to schedule everything else around Sunday Mass, to give the Lord priority in his or her life, and to seek actively and deliberately the good things of heaven.
If you are not regular in your Mass attendance, then this is the day for you to turn over a new leaf and to get back in the groove. Just as you were welcomed today at church, so will you be welcomed next Sunday as well. The Word of God that is preached in our Church is the Word that gives direction, meaning and purpose to our lives. The Sacrament of the Eucharist that is celebrated in our Church connects us with the Risen Lord Jesus in a manner that cannot be surpassed. You will be changed by the Holy Eucharist because He is really and truly present in the Holy Eucharist. And You cannot be near Jesus without being affected profoundly by His presence.
I look forward to seeing you next Sunday. God bless,