When on Sabbatical I had the opportunity to spend some time in the Holy Land. One of the places I visited was a small village called Nain, located southwest of Mount Tabor and, much farther, to the Sea of Galilee. Today, it is mostly inhabited by Muslim families; but, a small Catholic Church, built by the Franciscans in about 1880, stands where today’s Gospel (Luke 7:11-17) took place. A single family cares for the Church building and, for a few shekels, will open the doors of the Church for the few Catholic pilgrims to this miraculous site.
Standing all alone, the Church building remarkably resembles the accounted widow, now standing alone in the world, as she prepares to bury her only son. Jesus, witnessing this funeral procession, confronts death and restores life. He restores relationships and demonstrates that no one is ever alone, not even in their death! As each group of pilgrims comes to this somewhat forgotten church, the promise of restored life is witnessed. Not only does Christ give new breath, so too do the members of His Body, the Church!
O God, our very breath, our only hope, in every age you take pity on us and bring forth life from death. Visit your people and raise your Church to new life, that we may join with all generations in voicing our wonder and praise.
The “Time and Talent” cards have remained in the pews serving as a reminder that we are committed to the task of investing more fully in the ministries of the Church. Please consider signing up for one of the Liturgical Ministries of the Church, fill out the card and place it into the Collection basket along with your weekly offering. Your commitment gives new life and breath to the parish community!
Many have been asking if Father Ponce will be returning during the summer months and I am happy to tell you that he plans to be with us toward the end of the 3rd week of this month (June). I know that we are all looking forward to sharing the summer with him.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!