Happy Laetare Sunday! We have reached the Fourth Sunday of Lent and are rapidly approaching the holiest of days - Easter. The reason why we are able to celebrate this Season of Lent and Easter is because of the faith of our dear loved ones who have gone before us. They have imprinted the faith onto us and we are able to carry on that legacy of faith as a community of believers. We must remember, during this time also, that it is the faith of every Catholic that has gone before us that has covered the earth in grace since the time of Christ.
A fundamental reason for this is because of the missionary command given by Christ at the end of the Gospel of Matthew - “Go out and Baptize all nations in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”(28:19). Basically, to go out into the world and bring people into the family of God. Let people know how much their Father in heaven loves them. The Apostles and the early disciples did this, and did it well. They sacrificed their lives, often being martyred, for the sake of the Good News of God’s love. They united their sacrifices to that of Christ and were brought to the glory of heaven through Christ’s Resurrection. This is at the very heart of Easter.
This season of Lent, we as a parish family, have an opportunity to participate in this missionary command of Christ. On Saturday, April 9th, we are not going to go to a third world country or an area recently devastated by natural disaster. We are simply going to go walk to the homes around our church and offer them the Good News of Christ and ask them to join our Parish family, the family of our Father. This task can be incredibly uncomfortable for us. And that is okay. It is supposed to make us uncomfortable. The early martyrs teach us that we must sacrifice ourselves to bring others to Christ and to continue to encompass the world in God’s grace. And on April 9th, these beloved saints will be with us, praying for us, encouraging us, pushing us to sacrifice ourselves for the love of others. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mathew 16:25).
Please join us on this day, named “Evangelization Day,” or “E-Day.” Bring your family with you and teach them how to be authentic Catholics. We all know of the many people in our lives who no longer practice the faith for various reasons. We will run into people that believe in nothing also. Let us remind people of why we practice the faith: because this is our family centered on our Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Let us share in the divine love with the neighborhoods around us and bring God into our community. Lent is the Season of preparing for the Passion of our Lord. There is no better time to step out of our comfort zones and share the Good News with our community. There will be a short training on the 9th as well as refreshments and fellowship. Please join us and let us live out our faith together. For planning purposes please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
May the Lord give you His Peace,