January 14, 2018
Today we celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. From now until February 14th we will begin our annual course in discipleship. Today’s first reading describes the call of the prophet Samuel, who will be the last person to bear the title “judge” of Israel. St. Paul’s diagnosis of the crisis facing the early Corinthian community is based on their failure to remember that they are called to be one in Christ. It seems there was a lot of immorality being lived out in Corinth. Paul exhorts the followers of Jesus to reject what the pagans are doing and live their calling. As today’s Gospel reading tells us, the first followers of Jesus had been disciples of John the Baptist. John fulfills his mission as Jesus walks by. He points out to his disciples, “Behold the Lamb of God.” His calling was to prepare the way. John’s disciples now follow Jesus and call Him Rabbi. We hear today, how after a while, Andrew seeks out his brother Peter. Now the title used is “Messiah.” In these short verses, St. John has described how Jesus will be portrayed throughout the remainder of the Gospel: Lamb of God, teacher, Messiah/Christ.
I am happy to announce that, for the time being, David Byrne, one-time Music Director here at St. Luke’s will be providing music for us for the 5:00pm Mass. It was a pleasure to meet David and enjoy the exceptional music for the liturgy as we sang the beautiful St. Luke Mass. Mr. Francis ‘Frank’ Jorns, whom I have known for several years, and was organist/choir director at St. Raphael the Archangel for nearly 17 years, has agreed to cover the 10:00am Mass. He began last weekend with an uplifting “Hallelujah Chorus,” as a prelude. I am pleased to have these talented musicians with us here at St. Luke’s. Please welcome them. Choir members are most welcomed to join Frank on Sunday mornings.
This weekend I gathered with our Parish Pastoral Council for an extended period to reflect and discern the parish’s strengths and areas where we might be more effective in our mission. Under the direction of parishioner, Christian Rusteberg, we met, prayed together, enjoyed the opportunity to get to know one another better, shared lunch and learned a great deal. I am grateful to Christian for his expertise and willingness to share his time with us for our Parish leadership development.
I am ready to begin training new servers for our parish. I will be holding two training sessions: Saturday February 3rd and 10th in Church from 10:00am to 11:30am. Anyone, 4th Grade and older, interested in serving at St. Luke is welcome to train. Please give Donna a call at the office to let us know you’ll be attending. The ministry of server is a privilege for our youth and an opportunity to learn the parts of the Mass and the ways servers assist the priests and deacon at Mass. (644-2144)
Finally today, I will be away from the parish on my annual “retreat” with two of my brother priests and Bishop Stika, of Knoxville, TN. For the past 8 yrs. we have been given the opportunity to meet together at a villa in the Turks and Caicos in the British West Indies. It just so happens that the villa is available to us in January. I will be away from Jan. 20th to 27th. It’s a sacrifice for sure, but I offer it up every year. See you on the 28th.
God Bless! Have a great week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)