We are so blessed for the two newest members of our RCIA Team as they work towards completion of their sacraments! Come out and visit them on Sunday's!
The first time I attended our first Multicultural Mass I wept like a baby at the sight of so many people from such different walks of life sharing the love of Jesus. It is truly a beautiful expression of our faith. I hope you enjoyed the Multicultural Mass this year, and if you missed it, watch our highlight here!
Today we are told in the reading that the greatest of all the laws is to love the Lord our God with all our soul and to love our neighbors as ourselves. To open our hearts, we need to feed our souls. We feed our souls by learning our faith, prayer, reading the Bible and by helping others. The greater we open our hearts in love towards all of God's creation, the more we feed our soul and the more we love. It becomes a beautiful cycle of love for others and love for self. Today's action is to feed your soul.
It is so difficult for us to let go of past hurts and guilt. There are a multitude of resources to help you in this endeavor if you are struggling to find forgiveness in a certain area of your life. To truly love ourselves and prepare for the completion of our sacraments, we must learn to let it go, heal, and replace all of the hurt, guilt, and mistakes with the grace and love of God, who loves us unconditionally. Our God is a loving and forgiving God, we are the ones who make it difficult.
Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill the law. We are not to meant to carry out the law by going through the motions or by following all of the rules.
We fulfill the law through Jesus' love. We must love one another and share this love with others, so on this day of Lent, let us show love to those we encounter and let all of our actions be out of love for our family, friends, neighbors, strangers, and even our enemies. When we obey the law out of love and our actions are out of love for our fellow brothers as Jesus taught, then we are truly accompanying Jesus as we journey these 40 days in the desert.
Today's action is to pray the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. If you didn't get a chance, it's never too late, because the official day is Tuesday and Friday during Lent, so officially you have several more opportunities. The link on 40 Ways goes to a video, and the link here goes to a site that you can read and contemplate the sorrowful mysteries.
Today's Action item is to help the elderly who are unable to care for themselves. Perhaps you already are caring for aging parents or grandparents. If you are looking for ways to help, the Guadalupe Community Center is always in search of helping hands for their program Oasis. Oasis helps seniors by taking them to appointments, light housework, light handiwork, or other services as needed.
Check out the bulletin, the parish website, or the Guadalupe Center for more information. Attached is a link to the Guadalupe Center which provides additional information on the Oasis program.
Today we finished our first scrutiny Woman at the Well. We are reminded to think about what we thirst for. Do we thirst for success, power, or wealth? Do we thirst for things of this world which will some day pass, or do we thirst for those things which bring God's grace pouring upon us?
Congratulations to our Elect for completion of the first scrutiny.
The parable of the prodigal son was told by Jesus because Jesus was being accused of spending time with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus didn't see tax collectors or sinners. He saw people who were broken and separated from God. He came to help these people see the Glory of the Father and to receive the grace of God. Why is it so difficult for us to see with his eyes. When we see an addict, a homeless person, a prostitute, we see with our eyes instead of the eyes of God. On this day of Lent, let us look beyond the surface and find compassion for those people that society deems unworthy of love. They have been tossed aside, unwanted, unloved and forgotten by humanity, but never from God.
Today's action is to attend Soup & Stations of the Cross. How often can you receive such a wonderful gift absolutely free? It just takes your time.
We are very thankful for all of the RCIA volunteers to prepare and serve the soup tonight.
What a great opportunity for us to be able to walk with Jesus on his journey to the cross. Jesus in all his divinity, suffered on the cross in all of His humanity so that we may have everlasting life. Jesus came to serve. He offered His gift to all of us absolutely free out of a love so great that we will never be able to comprehend it.
If you cannot attend the Stations of the Cross, take 30 minutes and watch this video of the 14 Stations of the Cross. There is also a little longer video using video from Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, which is a very real depiction of the 14 stations, link below.
I was also a catechumenate a short time ago. I received my sacraments Easter 2011. Now I want to share my journey with you.