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Friday, May 7, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron.....
One of my favorite scripture passages comes from Isaiah 55:8; “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. This often comes to me when I get surprised by God’s action within my life. I will plan out my perfect day only to have God come and without consultation make changes to my most perfect plans, which in fact turn out to be better than I could ever imagine.
Such was the experience of the early Church as well as for St. Peter the Apostle. We have been reading from what many call the Gospel of the early Church, the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. In this weekend’s assigned reading we hear how Peter enters the Gentile home of Cornelius, who was a curious centurion, devout and God fearing. Most Jews avoided having anything to do with Gentiles, non-Jews and especially Romans. This weekend’s passage concurs with the above quote from Isaiah when Peter proclaims: “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34-35). Peter then proceeds to share with Cornelius and his whole family who were gathered together the amazing story about Jesus’ life, death and miraculous resurrection. While still speaking the same Holy Spirit that came upon the Jewish Apostles in the Upper Room, came upon Cornelius and his family as well. What a surprise for Peter and the others who were traveling with him. Wasn’t Jesus the “Jewish Messiah?” How is it that even Gentiles and especially Romans are somehow equally included in the gifts of the Holy Spirit? All gathered began to praise God for God’s wonderful surprises of His love, care and generosity.
Peter went on to say: “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the holy Spirit even as we have? He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” (Acts 10:47-48).
God is full of surprises. Often, God’s ways are not as narrow or as confining as our own limited ability to accept and love others. Let continue to pray that the power of the Resurrection will keep us open to the God of Surprises.
A PROFOUND THANK YOU to all our parishioners, staff, family, and friends who made the celebration of my twenty-fifth anniversary as a priest so very memorable. I shy away from big celebrations but the support, kindness, and love I felt these past weeks has been much appreciated. I now know how Babba Noel or Santa Claus feels when he gets so many letters to open. God’s blessings be with you all……. Fr. Ron
ASCENSION THURSDAY Holy Day will be celebrated this Thursday, May 13th with a 7AM, 9AM and 7PM Mass. Nativity of Mary School will have their own School Liturgy for the celebration as well. While still in COVID pandemic times, the obligation to attend in-person Mass is still suspended. However, we should make ever effort to celebrate the Holy Day by in-person worship, livestream, or on other media resources. Blest is the day that sees Him rise…….