In a matter of weeks, the year of mercy proclaimed by our Holy Father will have reached its conclusion. Because the Mercy of Jesus toward His flock goes to the very core of Salvation, we believe there is no better conclusion than a parish mission. Fr. Andy O’Reilly will direct and speak of God’s compassion for each one of us. In practical terms, it is also an excellent opportunity to face my conscience and if need be, enjoy the freedom of speaking with a priest who does not work in the parish and may not know me. It is an opportunity to face my demons without nerves or inhibitions. It can be a final thrust of the Holy Spirit that enables me, like the Prodigal Son, to rest in the merciful arms of my Heavenly Father. Many of us may legitimately feel that we are doing well enough, but I believe it is not in the thinking of Christ that I can feel that I have reached my goal in being his disciple and motor on in cruise control. I encourage all of us to give serious consideration to an active participation in this, our parish mission.
Last week, we celebrated the Mass of Resurrection for Tom Connors, who many would recognize from proclaiming the scriptures at the daily 12:10 Mass or answering the phones in the evenings. This was one follower of the Lord that Bishop Noonan rightfully reminded us, brought joy and hope to everyone that crossed his path.
On September 12, 13 and 14, may God’s Mercy reign supreme in our hearts.