From our Pastor: October 21, 2018

Jesus is the Lord of lords, the King of kings, the Only Savior of the world – and yet He puts all His power, wisdom, greatness and talents at the service of those He rules. He seeks nothing for Himself. Jesus seeks our good and gave His life to save us from our sins. His faithful fundamental attitude of selfless, self-giving love is shown in this Sunday’s Gospel where He tells His Apostles and us about His Passion, that He will give His life for our salvation (Mark 10:35-45). Jesus Christ, God the Son, came into this world and took on our human nature, lived and died and rose from the dead in order to conquer sin and death for our sake, to redeem us. He had no self-centered agenda; He came to serve and to give His life for others. That’s His law of selfless, self-giving love, the same law that must rule the Apostles’ lives and our lives if we want to be truly “great.”

As disciples of Jesus Christ, our Savior, are we striving by His grace to imitate Him, to be selfless and self-giving in our love for God and neighbor? How do you treat your wife, husband, children, parents, grandparents, co-workers? How do we respond to restaurant servers, salespersons and check-out clerks? Do we see other people as children of God? Is my attitude “my will be done” or “God’s will be done?”

Christ came to serve, not to be served, and He calls us to do the same. In our culture, with many false, self-centered standards of behavior vying for our attention, how do we keep focused on Christ’s standard of selfless, self-giving love, on the two great commandments, love of God and love of neighbor? We stay focused with God’s help: through His gift of prayer, His Church, Word, Sacraments and Communion of Saints. One prayer that can help is the Rosary (Pope Saint John Paul II said that after praying the Mass, his next favorite prayer was the Rosary). The Rosary is more than just the recitation of Scripture (“Our Father…”, Matthew 6; “Hail Mary…”, Luke 1; “Glory be…” Luke 1-2, Matthew 28, Ephesians 3). It truly is a serene contemplation of the life of Jesus and His mother, Mary. In the company of Mary, through this prayer, we turn our hearts and minds to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as His grace touches our souls, making us better witnesses and disciples of Jesus Christ. We can pray the Rosary nearly any time – just one decade or one of the sets of mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous and Glorious). This Sunday, please consider praying the Rosary with the Knights of Columbus in support of God’s gift of Life (at the top of each hour, 12 Noon to 6pm, in Saint Clement Church, Our Lady of Fatima Chapel) in the nationwide 40-Days-for-Life Campaign. When we pray the Rosary, may we always be conscious of striving by God’s grace to follow Jesus Christ’s example of selfless, self-giving love. In that love, as vessels of His love and mercy, we can be truly “great.”

With peace and prayers in Christ,
Fr. William

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