ON THIS SIXTH SUNDAY IN THE SEASON OF EASTER we explore Christian love. Christian love is not forced on a person. It isn’t due to an elixir, nor does it come merely from physical attraction, or any other attraction for that matter. Love, true love, lasting love, only results from the Love of Christ. And that love becomes a magnet. If a person loves the Lord, that love itself will attract other people who are seeking the Lord. Perhaps it will attract a person who is looking for someone to make a life with, certainly it will attract many others who are looking for the meaning to life. Think about the life and work of Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Her work among the poorest of the poor spread throughout the world. Her religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, became the fastest growing religious order in the Church. Why? They were drawn by Jesus’ love within her. And like a magnet, that love flowed through her into them. And then they attracted others to Christ. The love of Christ flowed through her into them. It still does. We have been attracted in many ways to Jesus Christ. We know that saying that we love Him is not enough. We have to live His Love. In the Gospel Jesus uses this phrase: “Remain in my love.” He tells us that we remain in His Love if we keep His commandments. But Jesus doesn’t give a whole list of commandments like Moses did when he came down from Mt. Sinai. Jesus just gives one commandment: Love one another. That is all that really matters, folks. If we love each other, truly, in the sacrificial love of the Lord, everything else falls into place.
During the 10:30 a.m. Mass this Sunday we have three of our young parishioners receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. We congratulate them and their family members for the work they have done that brought them to this important sacrament in their lives, and pray that they will be open to the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit as they move forward in their faith lives.
A very Blessed and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in our parishes, and all who are with us this Sunday. There is much to celebrate on Mother’s Day – and hopefully all of us have set some time aside to give honor and praise to our mothers in one way or another, even if we are physically separated. Let us pray for our mothers, and remember to thank them for all that they do!
The May 4 Healing Mass and Service of Healing at the Cathedral was an incredibly moving evening of prayer and support for persons with cancer, their family members and friends, caregivers, medical professionals, and cancer survivors. Some 400 persons were in attendance. During the homily I asked if we were to hold a regularly scheduled Healing Mass and Healing Service would you attend? The show of hands looked to be nearly 100 percent. So we are exploring having a regular Healing Mass and Service – one that would be open to persons with major health issues in addition to cancer, mental and spiritual challenges. The May 4 Healing Mass and Healing Service could not have been done without the help of many priests and deacons: Fr. Paul Noble, Msgr. Paul Enke, Fr. Don Franks, Fr. Matt Morris, Fr. Mike Gentry, Fr. Mike Nimocks, Fr. Jerry Stluka, Fr. William Faustner, Deacon Jim Gorski, Deacon Thom Johnston, Deacon Tom Berg, Deacon Rob Joseph, and Deacon Bob Ghiloni – all of whom I give my sincere thanks. Stay tuned.