Even though school returned several weeks ago, and Religious Education classes begin on Wednesday, Labor Day weekend practically marks the ending of the days of summer. I was walking through Hobby Lobby, and it was a collision of Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas wares that were neatly concentrated into one rather large corner of the store. It was interesting, to say the least, to see that the coming last 4 months of 2018 concentrated into one quick view! As we begin the final (11 week) segment of Ordinary Time that will take us to the end of the Liturgical Year, chapters 7 – 13 of the Gospel of Saint Mark will guide our reflection.
While we may not have the ability to experience these 7 chapters in one quick glance, we know clearly that the Evangelist Mark calls us to recognize who Jesus truly is, the Messiah and Savior. We also clearly know that Mark challenges the listener of the Gospel to place their faith deeply in him as we become the recipients of his countless gifts of life and grace:
Father of light, giver of every good and perfect gift, bring to fruition the word of truth sown in our hearts by your Son, that we may rightly understand your commandments, live your law of love, and so offer worship that is pure and undefiled.
The priests of our Diocese will be on our annual Convocation this week. I would ask your prayers for our Bishop and for us priests. Given the nature of these days, I pray that they may be fruitful for the clergy and the people of our Diocese.
May the week ahead be filled with every grace and blessing!