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Thursday, January 31, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Last weekend’s Biblical lesson from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 12 used the analogy of the many parts of our body working together in seamless harmony. One part of our body cannot say to another “I don’t need you…” In my preaching and teaching I indicated that in many of our work environments, no one is indispensable or absolutely necessary. In employment environments we all can be replaced. However, that is not so in the Body of Christ. We all have a unique role to play and a contribution to add which no one else can fulfill. Our first Biblical lesson gives us a window into the call of Jeremiah the prophet. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you,” (Jeremiah 1:5). But the role of the prophet is not that of a “people pleaser.” “For I am the one who today makes you a fortified city,……they will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you,” (Jeremiah 1:18-19). In the Gospel of Luke, Chapter Four, Jesus returns home to Nazareth. His reputation precedes Him and many expect Him to perform all types of miracles for them, as they wish. However, the miracles of Jesus occur often, when people have honest faith and trust in God’s power. Jesus cites examples of how the chosen people were left behind from the miracles that God did through the great Elijah and Elisha, but Gentiles received them because of their own openness. These remarks cause the once amazed hometown crowd to turn violent, but Jesus walks away and leaves them to their own sinful closed mindedness.
Last week, our NY state government took action that removed protection for unborn children after twenty-four weeks of gestation and broadened the field of medical professionals permitted to cooperate with the abortive wishes of pregnant individuals. On the very anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, many New York State citizens rejoiced in what was declared a victory for a female’s reproductive rights. Truly this was a sad day for all of us who espouse a Gospel of Life. However, laws do not necessarily dictate morality. As St. Paul often says: Though “everything is lawful for me, not everything is beneficial” (1 Cor. 10:23). We have to be realistic to accept that even if we had the strictest laws against abortive proceedings, people would still seek out a way to obtain what they wanted. Even though permissive laws are written, they do not have to be utilized. Our real challenge is first to convince our own Catholic membership of the true Gospel of Life from the womb to the tomb. We have to be a credible authentic witness to that Gospel of Life not only for the unborn, but for those who seek to bring their children into this world amid hardship and destitution. Our own Diocesan efforts with the Mother Teresa Home, St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Ctr., Baby Ministry at Harvest House and even our cooperation with Family Promise Emergency helter for homeless families to assist and lift them up. Our witness to live needs to be strong as we take care of our community’s homeless via: St. Luke’s Mission, Response to Love Center, Little Portion Friary and the St. Vincent de Paul Society in both the Diocesan and our parish efforts
We need as the Body of Christ to stand as a witness to the proper care for the best education of our children and youth in both Catholic, private, and in our public educational venues, especially in the city of Buffalo. We have to believe in the ability for individuals to experience conversion and rehabilitation and seek better solutions to our massive incarceration problems. Our involvements with Bissonette House, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Peaceprints are but a start in the right direction. Finally, we need to witness to the respect of our elders, especially the many forgotten and abandoned by their own families, in various nursing centers. Our ministry to seven nursing homes and retirement communities give witness to our care. Embracing the Gospel of Life is a tall order that may seem to be impossible but for God all things are possible. As St. Paul reminds us, one part of the body cannot do it all. We all have to embrace our part in that role and together be the sign of hope that though laws permit, we do not have to embrace. Only then will laws become obsolete and the Gospel of Life preached, lived and appreciated.
CELEBRATING WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Last fall, Bishop Malone celebrated significant wedding anniversaries for couples around the diocese. Six from Nativity Parish were named and celebrated last October. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I was not able to attend and documents were mislaid. However, we don’t want these milestones to go unrecognized. Congratulations to our six couples who celebrated their Covenant of Marriage. Thanks for being an example to us of God’s faithfulness and unconditional love… Fr. Ron.
Terry Earl Sr. & Lucy Dickinson
50th Anniversary/October 5, 2018
Joseph & Roseanne Franco
50th Anniversary/November 16, 2018
Roger & Grace Little
60th Anniversary/January 4, 2018
Paul & Judy Quagliana
60th Anniversary/September 13, 2018
Andre Sr. & Florence Taibbi
50th Anniversary/September 28, 2018
Dr. George & Velia Youakim
50th Anniversary/November 9, 2018