- Candace Neff Director
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For use March 17 and 18 - Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)
Family PerspectiveRelationships come with a price tag. We must be willing to entrust ourselves to another, to let go of our autonomy and die to our independence. It is in dying to our independence that we find interdependence with others.
Stewardship Reflections“I will be their God and they shall be my people.” - Jeremiah 31:33
What does it mean to be God’s people? It means we recognize that everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. It means we are willing to use our gifts and our lives to care for our neighbors and the world, just as God cares for us.
Stewardship by the Book"If anyone would serve me," says Jesus in today's Gospel, "let him follow me; where I am, there will my servant be." In what ways is Jesus inviting me to follow Him? What services is He asking of me?
Vocation ViewUnless a seed first dries out and dies, it cannot be planted in the earth to grow. Unless we die to our selfish ways, we can never expect to be people who will "lay down their lives for their friends."
Mass for Pardon and ReconciliationAn invitation from Bishop Raica
Pope Francis, at the suggestion of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has asked the dioceses throughout the world to celebrate a Mass for those affected by clergy sexual abuse. It is my desire that we gather as God’s people to acknowledge and pray for the suffering and pain caused by abuses. We also pray for all who have been hurt in other ways by the Church, remembering that we are all in need of Jesus’ healing love.
This is a Mass for healing, for acknowledging our sins during the Lenten season of repentance and asking for God’s grace to move us forward as the Body in Christ as we seek to deepen our commitment to discipleship and go forth in love and service to one another.
I encourage and welcome everyone to join me and many of our clergy on March 18 at 3:00 at the Cathedral as we pray together for each other and the healing grace of God’s love.