My Dear Friends in Christ,
Our Gospel describes Jesus observing a widow putting her two coins into the temple treasury. He then observes the scribes, caught up in their self-righteousness. Jesus looks upon the widow with great compassion and upon the scribes with frustration. And the contrast between the scribes and the widow is very clear: The widow is powerless. The scribes are powerful. The widow gives everything she has. The scribes take everything they can get. Jesus takes this opportunity to remind his disciples – and us, that if we are to become his faithful followers, then we must give entirely of ourselves, and come to know the powerlessness that comes from total dependence on God.
Many of us have experienced this powerlessness at one point or another in our lives. How do we come to know this powerlessness? When we or a family member face a serious diagnosis, when a relationship doesn’t grow the way we’d hoped, when we are faced with overdue bills and financial struggles, when we have made regrettable mistakes, when a family member is suffering and we can do little to help their struggle – these are the challenges that remind us we are at the mercy of God. It is only after we become poor in the eyes of the world, that we become rich in the eyes of God.
The simple truth is that no matter how much money, power, or prestige we have, the fact remains: we can’t take it with us! May we never forget that our true measure of success is not based on what we have, but who we are before God, and what we give away of ourselves. In God’s providence, it’s a wonderful coincidence that included in this Sunday Bulletin is the 2017-2018 Annual Report of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish. I am so grateful for the many sacrifices you make for our vibrant parish community! Also included in this bulletin (and every Sunday Bulletin the next several weeks) is our 2018 Holiday Schedule– Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas are just around the corner! I especially want to draw your attention to the Rectory “Open House”on Thursday, December 13th. I want to cordially invite the ENTIRE parish community (all ages welcome) to stop by for this Holiday Open House and help me “ring in” the beautiful Holiday Season!
This weekend, we will commemorate Veterans Day at our 11am Mass. We remember in prayer and gratitude all of our Veterans who have given of themselves in such self-sacrificing and incredible ways, as well as all those who currently serve. I am grateful to all who assisted me in the planning and preparation of this powerful commemoration. May God bless and protect all of courageous men and woman who have served, and those who currently serve in the Armed Forces!
It is a joy and blessing to serve as your Pastor,
Fr. Mike +JMJ+