We had a truly beautiful celebration of Confirmation with Bishop Fitzgerald at two Masses last Saturday. The children were well prepared and the ceremonies were inspiring. Thank you to Teri Lahey, Theresa Healy, the catechists, teachers and volunteers who helped the children and their families prepare for the children’s full initiation into Christ. Thank you to everyone who helped make the ceremonies so very special.
We are now looking forward to First Holy Communion on May 5, also two Masses. It is a truly inspiring day as these little ones receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in Communion for the first time. Keep them and their families in your good prayers.
In our Gospel, Jesus says, “‘Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.’” That “you” Jesus is speaking of is YOU and I, not just the Apostles. We are His witnesses today, His disciples. We are to announce the Gospel ~ that is this: Jesus, God made flesh, suffered, died and rose again!
Are we witnessing to others? Or, do we look like, act like, speak like any other person in our society/world? Can people tell we are on fire for the Lord? Or, are they comfortable drawing us into whatever is going on in the world? Do people see, hear in us the works and words of Jesus, the peace of the Lord, the mercy, compassion, forgiveness and self-sacrificing love of Jesus?
By now, perhaps you may be thinking that I am laying it on really thick. That I am asking all of us to be a Mother Teresa, John Paul II, Padre Pio, Pier Giorgio Frassati, Gianna Beretta Molla, Maximilian Kolbe, Therese of Lisieux, Francis of Assisi, Bernadette of Lourdes, Ignatius of Loyola, or the countless numbers of other heroes of the Catholic Church, witnesses par excellence. You are absolutely correct!! These ordinary human beings accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and modeled their lives on His. That is being a disciple, a witness. That is what you and I strive to be and do.
No one wants someone to be in your face, pressuring you about Scripture, driving you to distraction about Faith and morality.
But each and every one of us, and just about every other person on this planet, is attracted to someone who authentically lives the life of Christ in their own life, personally exhibits joy, generosity, gentleness, and who lovingly and simply explains/shares/shows how to do the same to others.
In this Easter season 2018, with the joy and alleluias ringing out in our Masses and parish Church because of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, how can we not be different from the rest of the world? Our personal fulfillment and peace come from the Mercy of Christ, which flowed out of His pierced Heart on the Cross. It is His love for us that drives us to share this grace, this gift, this fire with every one we meet! May we witness every day and in every circumstance, helping each other to become more passionately Christ’s disciples, making disciples of all whom we meet.