May 15, 2022
Today we celebrate Fifth Sunday of Easter. Our Easter Season progresses as we head toward Ascension and Pentecost Sundays. This weekend’s first reading recounts the success of Paul and Barnabas in bringing the good news to the Gentiles. Their mission was to preach Jesus and bring as many as would open their hearts to His message into the Church. As they reach Antioch they gather the Church together and share the good news of their preaching. Today’s second reading is a continuation of St. John’s vision in the Book of Revelation. It is the end of today’s passage that we, as a local Church, are using for our strategic planning, “Behold, I make all things new.” We are being called to put our trust in God who dwells in our midst and is calling us to a more fervent discipleship and sharing of the Good News. In today’s Gospel from St. John, Jesus is at the Last Supper. He tells His disciples that He will only be with them a little longer. He gives them a new commandment: “love one another. Love one another as I have loved you. This is how all will know you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Maybe we could reflect on that this coming week. Do others recognize us as Jesus’ disciples? Do they see us as a community of love?
Our Annual Catholic Appeal continues this weekend. Thank you to all who have already made their pledge to this year’s ACA. Please take a moment and fill out your pledge card. Every gift is important and every helps our local Church to minister to all our Brothers and Sisters. We are now over half way to this year’s goal. I encourage all of us to be generous and help us achieve our goal.
This past week our Parish Key Leaders, Primary Contact and I participated in another webinar for the All Things New process. We received much useful direction for the next several months and the results from the Disciple Maker Index for St. Luke’s. We will be publishing these very shortly. The team will then meet to review and discuss these results. In June we will receive our Parish Workbook which will be reviewed for accuracy and then complete a Parish Feedback form. In July we hope to engage with parishioners about the results of the Disciple Maker Index and salient facts from the Parish Feedback Form in order to communicate with the All Things New team what we believe to be the top needs for evangelization and social outreach in our local area. So the next couple of months will be busy for us as we move forward in faith. Please stay tuned for more information.
God Bless! Happy Eastertide!
Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.