Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we return to Ordinary time for another month, our readings focus our attention on vocations. “To be called” is the root meaning of the word “vocation.” We all have given at our baptism – a vocation to holiness. By living a life of holiness, we glorify God in our body which is a temple of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says. By living a life of holiness, which means avoidance of immorality and seeking to do God’s will, we worship and give glory to God in the temple of our body. Through Baptism, we are also part of the corporal body of Christ, the Church. Therefore, our lives of holiness and virtue strengthen the entire body of Christ. We are also called into specific vocations in the Church – marriage, religious life, priesthood, single life. Each is dedicated to building up the Church in a unique way. It is important that we pray that these vocations be strengthened and fulfilled for the benefit of the Church and the world. I would ask that you also pray for vocations to the priesthood for our diocese and from our parishes. There is always a need in this area, as we well know. May the Lord find listening hearts to answer His call to the priesthood and community of the faithful to encourage this vocation.
Tomorrow, our parish office in closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We pray for greater unity between men and women of different races and cultures in our country.
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist