Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus reads a passage from Isaiah in the synagogue regarding the messiah or Christ in Greek. He then says that He is the fulfillment of the passage, He is the Christ. Since Christmas, the Gospel passages and the liturgy have been telling us that Jesus is God. This is an important starting point for our journey of faith. It is meant to teach us to hear the Scripture as God speaking to us, teaching us, directing us. Jesus is the fulfillment of that word. In the first reading from Nehemiah, as Ezra reads from the Torah, all the people say “amen” or “I believe” and prostrate themselves in adoration. They recognize that the word of God is being spoken to them. This is the same word of God that is spoken to us at the Mass and which we read in the Bible. In the Mass, the Word becomes flesh in the Eucharist and Jesus is given to us, body, blood and divinity. How privileged we are to receive Him and hear His words. I encourage you each day to spend some time reading Scripture, particularly the daily Mass readings which are listed in the bulletin and hear them as the Lord speaking to you. This is something that you can make a part of your day, especially if you cannot get to Mass during the winter season. Allow the Lord to come into your home and speak to you.
We will be mailing out letters this week to all parishioners regarding their yearly contributions to the parish. I thank you again for your support of the parish.
Have a blessed week!
Administrator Pro Tem