FROM THE DESK OF FR. MARIO J. TIZZIANI
In this, the Year of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, it is important that we continue to ask God to send men to serve Him and His Church as priests and men and women to serve Him and His Church as religious. In today’s Gospel, our Lord gives us an understanding of the mission of the Church after His resurrection. Our Lord provides His Apostles with power and a mission – that is our mission as well – to be the leaders of a new exodus – delivering people in their exile from God and bringing them to the promised land, the kingdom of heaven. With authority and power given to it by Jesus, the Church is to proclaim God’s peace and salvation to the entire world. As St Paul reminds us in today’s Epistle, this responsibility is addressed to us individually, and, as such, we are to be the voice of Christ to mankind! Through the ministry of priests, the religious, and the laity, each of us in our own vocation, may manifold numbers of souls come into the Kingdom of God. In praying for priests and religious, we ask God to provide us men and women who will be the voices of salvation and the bearers of the Eucharist to a lost world!
As we have passed the half-way mark of our summer, it is good to take a moment to assess where we are in our walk with Christ. Have we taken the time to spend with the Lord that we need to during these days of hectic vacations, outings and gatherings? Are we giving some quality time to the Lord in being with Him in prayer and praise? Please don’t forget that we have morning Mass Monday through Saturday at 8 am. Also, please don’t forget that we have Adoration on Thursdays from the end of Mass until Benediction at 7 pm. These are gifts from the Lord and His Church for each of us to take advantage of. Please don’t let the rest of the summer fly by without having some personal, private time with our Jesus!
Have a great week in the Lord!
In Christ's Love,
Fr Mario Joseph Tizziani