July 9, 2023
Today we celebrate the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As Gospels go, I have to admit today’s is one of my favorites. Jesus says, “For what You (Father) have hidden from the wise and learned You have revealed to the merest children.” He then goes on to say, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will refresh you.” First off, I like this passage because I believe I have been blessed with a simple faith. I trusted early in life that I was being called to follow Jesus as a priest. I have accepted the tenets of our faith without having to wrestle with any. I have a strong devotion to Mary, (as you know by the 3 Hail Marys). God has blessed me with a trusting heart, even in the midst of difficult assignments and challenges. Second, I like the reminder that when I am tired, or stressed with what God asks, I only have to “Come” to Him, and I will find the peace and perspective to soldier on. We have an amazing God and Savior who loves us unconditionally. Jesus reminds us today to have that simple faith and trust.
We are in the countdown to being “subsumed.” In just a little over three weeks, St. Luke the Evangelist Parish will cease to exist as we are amalgamated into Our Lady of Lourdes, University City. From our Church to OLOL it is a simple drive down Big Bend to Forsyth. Having been there several times in the past few years it only takes me 6 minutes. I know of several parishioners who are unsure where they ‘want’ to go to Church after July 31st. This is not uncommon throughout our Archdiocese as people grieve their loss. My hope is that the majority of you will make the transition to Lourdes and find the many opportunities the parish provides and the welcome they will make a good choice. The Church at Lourdes even looks a bit like St. Luke’s and I am hoping that will bring many comfort. While change is difficult, especially after so many years, I hope many will see this as an ‘opportunity’ to renew and rekindle their faith and engage in a new spirit of evangelization.
The above are my hopes for my new assignment too. I know many of my new parishioners are unsure of what these next several months and years will bring. As you may have seen in the bulletin recently, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” Listen to Jesus today, “Come to Me!” Go to Him with any and all unsettled feelings. Trust that He will refresh you and bring your hearts peace.”
God Bless! Have a blessed week!
Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.