Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Browsing Fr. Rob's Weekly Message

March 5, 2023

Dear Friends,

Introduced on Ash Wednesday, our parish theme, “BECOME… FOREVER CHANGED” challenged us to reflect on our prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Hopefully, still in the early moments of this sacred time, we are exploring ourselves and the spiritual journey we may choose that will draw us deeper in relationship with the Lord. Have you made any decisions for yourself to make this Lent an opportunity to grow deeper with Him?

Last week we addressed the subtle ways temptations can possess our person in ploys we may never have thought. It happens as soon as when we do not trust the Lord and/or realize we have sinned.

This week, the Gospel presents the pericope of the Transfiguration. It is a mountain top moment. It can be thrilling and scary. The Lord desires to share this experience to draw ourselves closer to understanding who He is and what He desires of us in fulfilling His mission for the Kingdom.

In our “Not Your Typical Church Ladies” Podcast Booklet found in our gathering spaces raises some good questions for all of us to ponder.

  • How is God calling you to pack up and follow into a new land?
  • When have you felt that God’s dream for your life is bigger than your dream?
  • What changes in your life are scaring you right now?
  • How can you rely on God to ease your fears?

Revisit the Scriptures for the Second Sunday of Lent and let these questions resonate in your heart as you keep in mind Ash Wednesday and Joel’s scripture, “rend me your heart”. Let them guide you to being closer with the Lord. Please know that I will be doing the same knowing the Spirit of God is with me and you.

I want to thank everyone who has sent me a card, email, or text expressing your sympathy and prayers upon the death of my friend, Marla. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated and consoling.

Also, looking ahead, I will again bless Easter Baskets of your foods for your table on Saturday, April 8th at 11 AM. The blessing will take place in the church of Saint Catherine of Siena. It has been a Ukrainian and Polish tradition but you do not have to be either. Just come and celebrate the foods that will grace your Easter table.

Keeping you in prayer this Holy Season,
Father Rob


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