“Do not let your hearts be troubled, have faith in God and faith in me.”
My dear friends, the Risen Life is never an easy life. It is filled with questions, doubts and sometimes confusion; what the scriptures refer to as ‘stormy seas.’ In spite of this the community of believers continues to grow.
Our nation is filled with self-doubt and as Catholics we are surrounded by people who misunderstand us, or who are afraid that our confession of Jesus will shed light on society’s growing desire for a self-satisfaction that is hurtful to the dignity of all human beings.
Peter tells us that those who want freedom without responsibility; will “stumble by disobeying the Word as is their destiny.” But this destiny is not for you and me, my friends, for we “are a chosen race, a people all His Own.” We are called out of the darkness of this alienating culture into His wonderful light. That is why it is so important to belong to a parish, so there is a place where we can share ideas, speak freely and worship God the way He wants, not how others tell us.
You need to hear Jesus’ voice through the distractions of the day in order to fight against self-indulgence and greed. Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Our encounter with Jesus changes us by making us holy. The Breaking of the Bread here in our parish church ignites us to speak, to praise, and to adore this God-Man Who eagerly seeks us out, to touch us and use us in charity for others.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled, have faith in God and faith in Me.” Proclaim Him Who died and is risen that we might live, not for ourselves, but for Christ alone! Alleluia