As we continue to reflect upon passages from the “Sermon on the Plain” from Luke’s Gospel (6:27-38) we hear some very challenging teachings from Jesus telling us to love our enemies, to bless those who curse us, pray for those who mistreat us, to turn the cheek, give to the one who steals from you, to not expect repayment on a loan, to do good, and not to judge that the same measure of judgement will be measured back onto us! It certainly is challenging to see a major corpus of the teachings of the Lord put into a single sentence that bespeaks of the gravity of the call. Yet, as the heart of this teaching, is the wonderful knowledge that what we offer in service to our Lord will be measured back to us in a manner that is overflowing!
Compassionate God and Father, you are kind to the ungrateful, merciful even to the wicked. Pour out your love upon us, that with good and generous hearts we may keep from judging others and learn your way of compassion.
On this third weekend of our annual Our Catholic Appeal I would like to thank those who have begun to generously respond. Thus far, 109 households of the parish have pledged $51,917 toward of assessment of $298,181 and 3 households from Mission Santo Toribio Romo have pledged $350 toward the assessment of $11,095.
Saturday, March 2, is our parish picnic which will take place of the grounds of Mission Santo Toribio. It begins at Noon. I do hope that you will be able to join us as we have one last bash before the Season of Lent begins! (Lent begins on Wednesday, March 6!)
Bishop Noonan will be with us next Sunday at the 5:00pm Mass and will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to many of our young adults.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!