May 19, 2019
Today we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. As we continue our joyful Easter season, our readings this weekend remind us that though the Resurrection moved Jesus to a place beyond His mortal Body, we still believe that God took on our flesh in Him. Jesus continues to be enfleshed through our own lives. In today’s first reading from Acts we hear of Paul and Barnabas’ completion of their first missionary journey. They then revisit those who have come to faith and then set up “parish councils” of sorts. The various visions of St. John on Patmos tell the story of the final days, culminating in the glorious vision of a new creation. John says, “God’s dwelling is with the human race…God Himself will always be with them.” In today’s Gospel, John presents the actions of Judas as not being motivated by greed, but by the desires of the devil. When Judas takes the morsel from Jesus, Satan enters him. But even this only to serves to further the plan of God as Jesus announces, “Now is the Son of Man glorified.” As Jesus prepares for the ‘hour’ of His glorification, He leaves the disciples with a new commandment, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another.” Remember the old catechism question, “Why did God make us?” The answer was that we are made to know, love, and serve God in this life so as to be happy with Him in the next. We do this by living the sacrificial love of Jesus, which makes us, and our world, into a new creation.
Our selection of new Parish Council members is less than a month away. We will select three new members and two alternates on Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, to serve a three-year term on our parish leadership team. Several parishioners have shown interest in serving on the Council and sent their names in. God bless them. Is God asking YOU to consider offering YOUR time and talents to be part of the leadership team for St. Luke’s.
Thank you to all parishioners who have signed their pledge cards for this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Our chairs have been gracious in being at Mass for the past two Sundays with pledge cards. As of today, we are near 50 of our target of $17,490. Thank you for your good stewardship for our local Church. If you haven’t made a pledge yet, please consider doing so.
Our next First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will be on Friday, June 7th, beginning after the 8:00am until closing at 1:00pm. Please join our regular adorers and sign up for a 30 min. time slot. Spending quiet time with Jesus is a good time to pray with Him and develop your personal relationship with Him. Here, face to face, you can speak with Him, listen to Him, and allow His grace and peace to touch your life. Try it. You’ll love it!
As a family of faith, the placing of pictures in our weekly bulletin has become a way for us to introduce new members, celebrate with families the baptism of their new disciple of Jesus, and highlight significant milestones in the lives of our brothers and sisters. I hope you take a moment to look at them and see the blessings these events are to our family. Donna does an awesome job every week in putting together our weekly bulletin, but even more so with these photos. If you have a chance, thank her. If you are celebrating events and would like to share these with us, please send them to Donna at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally today, I ask all parishioners to pray with me for the men who will be ordained priests for the Archdiocese in a couple of weeks. The ordination of men who have heard Christ’s invitation to, “Come follow me,” and have been called by the Church to this vocation is an annual blessing for our local Church. (One of these could one day be your priest here at St. Luke’s.) Please pray that as Archbishop Carlson lays his hands on these fine men the Holy Spirit will make them happy and holy priests and serve the Church well.
God Bless! Happy Eastertide!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)