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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Last weekend, we were taught the twofold mission of good hospitality: providing for the needs of our guests and attending to them with our time and attention. This weekend, we are being taught about how we should attend to our relationship with God Almighty. The book of Genesis contains a beautiful story about the angels of God moving onward toward their way to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. One angel visitor remains with Abraham, our father in faith engages him in conversation about sparing the cities, if there be but at least a few righteous people remaining there. In this passage, we are taught, as St. Teresa also taught, that prayer is nothing more than conversation with God. Abraham was having conversation with his divine visitor; conversation with God via His messenger.
Luke, our featured evangelist for this whole liturgical year offers us a trifold lesson on prayer. This passage from chapter eleven begins with Jesus’ famous teaching of what we now call “the Lord’s Prayer.” It ends with another assurance of: "ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10). What is in the middle of this sandwich of texts is the meat of the lesson: persistence in prayer.
These are not magical formulas. We shouldn’t go around trying to “move mountains” through our prayer, just to see if we have the right type of faith or to test our relationship with God. St. James offers us some advice about asking wrongly. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures,” (James 4:3). Sometimes, we ask for something we want rather than what we need. Sometimes, God responds “no.” Many times the initiative of asking sincerely in prayer changes, we who ask more than the situation around us, as God reveals to us His deeper plan for us and our life situation. In our asking, our vision is often too narrow. We don’t see the “big picture.” Our Biblical lesson requests that we persevere in our ongoing conversation with God called prayer. Never give up, but receive the understanding that God wishes to impart to us, as we grow ever more deeply in our intimate relationship with God whom we know loves us.
DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? A number of parishioners have indicated, that there are places within our church where our sound system is deficient. Even when we are in the sanctuary sitting behind the altar, in the choir area, or even in the first three pews around the front of the church nearest the altar, we cannot always hear well what is proclaimed from the Ambo. There are places where it appears that we have to rely upon hearing, what is echoed through the church. We will be engaging additional Church Audio technicians, to assist us in the correction of this matter. We also will investigate some newer technology to make more “hearing assist” devices more readily available, to us who may need them. Thanks for your feedback. Hopefully soon we will all be able to hear what we all should hear…….
ERIE COUNTY FAIR begins its 200th year of operation from August 7th to the 18th at the Hamburg Fair Grounds. When you’re there check out the over 600 woodcarving, wood-workings, and wood-burnings, dozens of which are the work of our parishioner Stephen Caruana. The exhibits are featured in the former grandstand building at the fair. See you there…..
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SACRIFICES on behalf of the 2019 Appeal for Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith. Because of your efforts individuals and families will be impacted throughout Western New York. You have helped your neighbor find HOPE and for that we are most grateful….Dennis C. Walczak & Timothy J. Sember.
THANK-YOU FOR THOSE WHO GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED THE Retired Diocesan Priests' Medical Benefits Fund during a special second collection, that was held this past weekend. Please continue to pray for our priests, whether serving or retired, and for continued vocations to the priesthood.