We are not God’s equal. It is a simple truth - but something that we need to remind ourselves of. He is infinite - we are finite. So we are constantly relying on the infinite. We are constantly trying to understand the infinite using our finite minds. It goes nicely with the readings from last weekend when we were reminded that God’s ways are not our ways.
A while ago I read a beautiful article by a Father Armond Nigro, S.J., titled, “Prayer: A Personal Response to God’s Presence.” It speaks of how personal prayer, as opposed to other types like the Rosary, is a response to God’s presence. It is this infinite presence that we need to focus our attention. Put it this way - if we are finite and God is infinite, then whatever comes from God - whether it be His Word, His love, His grace, whatever it may be - is INFINITELY more important than anything we can give to God. This means that receiving all that God wants to give us with humility and gratitude takes precedence. It all starts here..........and then we respond with every ounce of our soul. It is then that we love Him with all our heart, all our soul, and all our might. It is then that we give Him the very best of ourselves.
In the first reading this weekend, Ezekiel points out that sometimes we can think that the ‘ways of the Lord are not fair’. In the light of what we just pointed out, it is easy for us to see that when we fall into thinking that we are God’s equal - or worse yet - greater than God - that we can believe that God’s ways are not fair. For “who has known the mind of the Lord, who has been His counselor?” (Rom. 11:34)
The second reading takes the depth of the love of God even further - “Though He (Jesus) was in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God, something to be grasped. Rather, He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave.” How beautiful, and how humbling it is, to think that Jesus, who is God, shows us through His flesh how we are to be in relationship with the Father. We are to empty ourselves and be obedient to the infinite mind of God the Father. He knows in His greatness what we need. He knows exactly what is going on with all of us. So let us fix our gaze on whatever God wishes to give to us. Let us receive it with open and humble hearts. And Saint Paul writes, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
1. The Grounds
- Thank you to John Baldassari for making the grounds look beautiful with the new bushes, flowers, and trees around the church. We are looking into expanding what people have told me are the “Visi-bees“ in order to keep up the areas we have addressed. Please contact the rectory office (610-539-5572) to sign-up to help with watering and maintaining the areas.
- I would like to place fresh flowers before our Blessed Mother at the Our Lady of Life grotto every Monday. If you would like to sign up for a week, and place flowers at the grotto, please call the rectory (610-539-5572) for more information. I would like to use local florists to support the community.
- Thank you to the parishioner who anonymously donated to Visitation to allow us to get lighting and new safety paint for the front steps of the upper church, as well as place a “cap” soon on our roof. Also thank you for the donation to fix the electronic sign on the north side of the campus on which work will begin shortly.
2. Thank you to the Pastoral and Finance Councils for your leadership and guidance this past week. In consultation with both groups, and due to Mass attendances rising steadily at the 9 AM and 11 AM Sunday Masses, we will be moving the Masses upstairs beginning in October for more room to ensure social distancing. I understand this move will be difficult for some who have trouble with steps. Please know that we understand your concerns, however, this move must be made as more people are coming back to church. We appreciate your understanding.
Also in consultation with both Councils, we will be installing live-streaming capabilities in the upper church, which will permit us to minister to those who are not able to be with us right now.
3. Please keep our Confirmandi in your prayers as they were Confirmed this weekend. Also, pray for our First Holy Communion children as they will receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on October 17th. Our Parish Mission is also October 11-13 at 7 PM every night.
Thank you for your continued support of our Parish. May the Lord give you His peace.