“At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet. The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am. You called me.” Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth. So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” ~1 Samuel 2
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
January is regarded as “Respect Life Month” and is the time when we pray for the grace and mercy of God to bring about a conversion of hearts and minds especially towards the helpless unborn child and the infirm elderly.
The origin of Human life is from God. One day all people, regardless of their wealth, political affinities or beliefs, will have to render an accounting of how they, and we, have spent our lives in relationship towards one another.
Most recently, Pope Francis dedicated his Christmas masses for the needs of migrant persons who have had to flee their country, homes and livelihood because of violence and the threats of violence. There is no valid justification for devaluing human life. When Jesus was asked to summarize the two greatest commandments he did so by saying that we must love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus then went on to demonstrate his tremendous love for all people by giving of his life on the cross. This is the opposite of what we would expect a powerful or influential person to do.
This is why Jesus, and only Jesus is our hope and our salvation.
May God bless you this week!