Sharing our Gifts

Dear Friends,

Saint Paul explains in our second reading, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” His insights into charisms, the workings of the Holy Spirit for the good of all the members of Christ’s Mystical Body, has fascinated me over the years. It seems that the Lord is sharing that we are all in this together. Although the Spirit’s charisms are diverse, they share common features: all are gifts, graces from outside ourselves; all are forms of service; and all are workings, God at work through them. All are for the building up of the Mystical Body (Church) on earth.

In the context of parish life, this is a key insight. All of us and every one of us has been gifted by the Spirit through Baptism and Confirmation. All of us and every one of us are called as disciples to make use of that which we have received for the good of others. Holding onto what we have received is pointless, it’s fruitless. Sharing our gifts, service, work is how we grow into being all that God has created us to be. It is how the Church grows and is renewed.

This weekend, we hear about Jesus’ very first miracle in John’s Gospel. He helps a newly married couple to escape embarrassment at their wedding reception when the wine runs out. He provides not a small quantity but a huge amount (120-180 gallons). He provides not simply something to get by with but an exquisite and fine wine. Jesus cares for us deeply, totally. There is nothing so big, nothing so small that we should not share it with Him in our personal prayer time. There should be nothing that allows us to sink into worry, anxiety or fear when we bring our problems, our situation to Him. Like the disciples who began to believe in Him at Cana, so we must strive to believe in Him more and more each day ~ which is difficult and repetitive effort and work. Jesus is the one and the only Savior! All praise to Him, now and forever.

One final note, on the facilities side of things, the excavation and drainage project was completed before Christmas. We are praying that it provides the planned relief for water run-off on our parish

campus. Some final grading still has to be done behind the parish offices come Spring. Also in the Spring, project two on the parking lot will commence, to include filling in the cracks, seal coating the surface and relining. These have been and are large ticket items but very necessary. Thanks for your continued support and help!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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