Voices of Faith

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends:

Today’s psalm has us profess boldly, “The Lord upholds my life” (Psalm 54:6). Our echo of that refrain can be both a declaration of what we know and believe from our experience of God’s help in our lives and a prayer of hope as we try to be more trusting of God’s ways. Those two perspectives go hand in hand: we rely on the memory of answered prayer and the awareness of God’s grace as the motivation to persevere in following the Lord in the face of danger, difficulty, or fear. Jesus’ invitation to follow him all the way to the cross requires a deep trust that, despite suffering or obstacle, all will be well.

Jesus also lifts up a child as an example of purity, innocence, and trust as a model of discipleship, and he calls us to welcome and to cherish the little ones. This weekend as we begin anew our faith formation programs for children and youth, I want to express my thanks to all who help us to welcome young people through your service as catechists. Our young people are the hope for our future as a society and as a church. Youth are not just the Church “of tomorrow,” but Jesus tells us plainly that young people are part of the Church today, and we need to be attentive and receptive to the gifts that young people bring to participate now in the life of the Church.

Join us this Sunday evening for the grand illumination of the church steeple! After more than a year of planning, we are finally ready to flip the switch so that the cross-topped steeple becomes a literal beacon of our faith for those driving up and down York Road. We will gather at 7:15 pm for a brief prayer and a countdown, and as the steeple and the church façade are lit for the first time we will raise a glass with a champagne toast!

God’s peace,

Fr. Rick