01 Apr 2017

This Week Letter – April 02, 2017

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
In today’s liturgical readings, and specifically in the Gospel, which is the continuation of the Sermon on the Mount, we receive some wonderful advice regarding our conduct concerning us, and those Christians who expect help, support, word or our presence. And If we examine the texts, we will be able to find a way to fix our life problems.
Isaiah shows us how we should treat our fellow men. Our neighbors are never far away from us- they are close behind the wall, next to us, but we do not see or see them because we are focused on our own problems. However, if we pay attention to their problems, then our problems will become smaller or even irrelevant. And God, who sees our interest in others, will help us in our care. The Prophet reminds us to “Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.”(Is 58: 7-8).
Isaiah writes of the deeds, and St. Paul in the Letter to the Corinthians writes about the words, that is, how to proclaim the faith. He says, “my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive (words of) wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. ” (1 Cor 2: 4-5).
In the Sermon on the Mount, after announcing the eight beatitudes, Jesus presented a moral code that defines the most important principles of conduct, of life, of faith. The very statement “You are the salt of the earth” (Mt 5, 13a) is so significant that we, as Christians, ought to be the chosen ones who are fortunate to read the word of Christ. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father”(Mt 5:16).
It is only two weeks before we celebrate the joy of the Lord’s Resurrection. Christ has risen from the grave; conversely, have you already risen from the grave of your weaknesses, bad habits, addictions and sins? I encourage all of you to come again today for the Passion Staging in English at 4:00 in the afternoon and in Polish at 8:00 in the evening. I also encourage everyone to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The confession schedule is included in the bulletin. We will have invited many confessors. May the Lord touch us all with his healing grace.

God bless!