“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful . . .
For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” ~Luke 6
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
The Gospel reading today is powerful, thought provoking, and certainly challenging. Jesus teaches that to be his follower, we must always strive to show mercy to everyone we meet, even if we consider someone our enemy. We may have our human limitations in this area, but nevertheless, Jesus calls us to go beyond our limited capacity and even "turn the other cheek."
Jesus points the path forward and gives personal examples in the Gospel accounts of the direction we must take. Ultimately the final judgement we will face one day will access not "what" we have accomplished, but "how” we have or have not shown mercy to others.
We read the words in Luke chapter six, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven."
Our faith allows us to take "the higher road" even though it can, and often does, mean personal suffering. The mystery of suffering is revealed in Jesus and in his radical love for one's enemies on the Cross. This was so that human beings could be saved from sin and death and that we would firmly know that God does and WILL save us through God's divine mercy.
This Wednesday evening we will have our First Eucharist Parent Meeting. Please contact Anita Wagner at the parish office if you would like more information.
Save the Dates: Ash Wednesday will be here soon on Wednesday, March 6 – please note the times for Masses
with distribution of ashes at 8:15am, 9:15am and 7:00pm.
Our annual Diocesan Day of Penance to be held on Wednesday, March 13 in Church
from 12:30pm-7:00pm. Mark your calendar for this stress-free opportunity to reconnect
to our God who loves you.
May God bless you!