The Book of Genesis (12:1-4) offers another significant text proclaimed on the Second Sunday of the Lenten Season. While it might be easy to simply classify this passage as the call of Abram (who would become Abraham upon its fulfillment) because of the directive which the Lord gives to him, it might also be easy to call it God’s promise to Abram. A promise is a declaration that something will or will not be done. It is an assurance that invokes the trust and expectation of another. There are seven promises that the Lord makes:
I will make you a great nation.
I will bless you.
I will make your name great.
You will be a blessing.
I will bless those who will bless you.
I will curse those who curse you.
All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you!
The Lord promised a great deal to Abraham if he simply trusted and followed his directions; the Lord promises a great deal to us if we also trust Him and follow his directions. Abraham’s biggest obstacle was to leave the land of his ancestors (and kinsfolk), his earthly inheritance, and to start over again in a new place. Sometimes our biggest obstacle is similar; our reluctance to truly want to “start over again” and to seek out that “new place” which can be physical, emotional, symbolic or spiritual.
Thank you to all who have thus far participated in the annual diocesan Our Catholic Appeal. Our parish assessment this year is $278,146 and to date, 843 households have pledged $250,336.25 toward this assessment, leaving us $27,809.75 and 157 households to meet this goal. At Santo Toribio 32 households have pledged $5,967 toward their assessment of $12,301 leaving $6,334 to meet their goal. A portion of our overage will be used to cover their shortage.
As a first report of our parish campaign, Project HOPE: Helping our Parish Expand, 145 parishioners have already pledged $446,517.91 toward our goal of raising between $3-4 million. Thanks so much as we step out in faith into the future of our parish!
May our observance of Lent, with chosen acts of sacrifice, penance, and charity, make pure our minds and fill our hearts with joy! May our participation in these holy mysteries bring us the fullness of life and grace!