Pastor’s Corner – March 04, 2018
Today we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent, and the focus this week is on our faith. As we hear in our Gospel reading this week from St. John, Jesus threw the money changers out of the Temple in Jerusalem because they were making His Father’s House a marketplace. After the Resurrection the apostles recalled Jesus’ words as well as the prophecy of the Old Testament predicting this event and came to believe in what Jesus had spoken. Many in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus entrance also began to believe when they saw the signs he was doing. Jesus, however, did not entrust himself to them because “he knew them and didn’t need anyone to tell him about human nature, as he understood it well.” The same people would soon call for Jesus’ crucifixion.
How true is this dynamic in our world of today! Humanity is fickle in what it believes and supports, and if we are honest, we are fickle in the things we accept about God. This occurs not only in events that occur in our lives, but also in what we believe about God regarding those events. How quickly can we fail to trust God in leading and guiding us when things don’t go the way we think they should? As mentioned above, in this case the people in Jerusalem eventually demanded Jesus’ Crucifixion, and the Apostles (except for John) fled from Christ during His Passion and Crucifixion.
However, there is hope for us in Christ! The Apostles did come to believe after the Resurrection, indicating that their eventual faith (faith enough for most of them to die as martyrs!) was a process and was acquired over time. This time of Lent is a faith strengthening time for us, a time to see the signs that Jesus gave to us so that we can have a more pure, true and stronger faith. We can only do this if we have less fear of following Christ and a trusting relationship with God. This simply takes time to develop. We have to be willing to give the time.
Prayer is generally defined as our relationship with God, whether it be in word (both speaking and listening) or deed (living a good life as taught to us by God). Prayer is one of the three pillars of our Lenten Season, along with almsgiving and fasting. Our parish mission this Lent focuses on prayer, and I hope all who are able will attend our parish mission this week. An insert is included in our bulletin this weekend about the theme and presenter, who is Fr. Bryce Sibley, Chaplain and Pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church on the ULL campus in Lafayette. We welcome Fr. Sibley and look forward to his presentation on helping us to find God and strengthen our relationship with Him in our prayer!
Congratulations to our First Communion Class!
We recently celebrated First Confessions with our First Communion Class in preparation for their reception of Holy Communion. Our young people continue to prepare for the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation. First Communion will be Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter (April 8, 2018) so please continue to keep the First Communion candidates, as well as our Confirmation candidates (who will be Confirmed later in the Spring), in your prayers!
Please Pray for the Men on Retreat this Weekend
Many of our parishioners will be attending the annual men’s retreat in Grand Coteau this weekend. Please keep them in your prayers that they may have a fruitful and productive retreat!
Don’t forget to sign up for your Parish Directory Family Picture! It is a great way to practice a Lenten discipline, and is a charity to those who have volunteered to help with this project!! Thanks!