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Back Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, May 2, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Finally, Spring has sprung among us. Last week’s snow event is hopefully our last for the season. As many begin to clean their front and backyards many of us will survey our plants, trees, and scrubs to ascertain how they survived through the winter’s cold. Occasionally, we will spot portions of trees that have somehow lost their life and indicate a need for pruning. Not only do we do so for aesthetics but to ensure that the vitality of the tree be channeled to those portions that will respond more generously and yield more growth.
Jesus uses this image of pruning a vine as a central figure of speech in this weekend’s Gospel. “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me” John 15:4.
We all have looked up into trees and spotted a branch or two that seem to be sick and failing. Those are the first to come tumbling down in the next unusual high windstorm. They were not doing well attached but they will surely die as they abandon their only source of nourishment. So too many, before COVID hit, were sporadically attending Mass, and not too engaged in the life of faith. Apart from praying for someone they know that was afflicted with COVID they may never had seen the inside of a church again. Other activities take place of the time spent in worship. We continually pray for them that a spark of faith will rekindle in their heart.
We also pray for each and everyone within our community of faith. We pray for the health and welfare of our single people, widows and widowers, and for our single and double parent families, our young adults and young children as well. We commend our children and youth to the Lord and plead for their protection. I take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who have kept the faith and stuck it out with us throughout this pandemic. Many of you have discovered the beauty of the media world we were launched into. We thank the many who have discovered the convenience of electronic giving, as well as the many who keep mailing in your contributions to keep our doors open. Many of you now are coming back home to in-person worship. It does my heart good to see many more returning each and every week. We pray and celebrate with each other that we may be faithfully grafted unto the vine that is Christ Jesus. May the Lord bless our growth in new and creative ways as we continue to navigate these uncertain times.