FROM THE DESK OF FR. MARIO J. TIZZIANI
Concerning today’s First Reading and the resulting of Adam and Eve’s choices, we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The harmony in which they found themselves, thanks to original justice, is now destroyed: the control of the soul’s spiritual faculties over the body is shattered; the union of man and woman becomes subject to tensions, their relations henceforth marked by lust and domination. Harmony with creation is broken: visible creation has become alien and hostile to man. Because of man, creation is now subject ‘to its bondage to decay.’ Finally, the consequence explicitly foretold for this disobedience will come true: man will ‘return to the ground,’ for out of it he was taken. “Death makes its entrance into human history.” Unfortunately, this epitaph is true, man is subject to judgement due to his choosing “the world, the flesh and the devil” over God and his love. Although Adam and Eve’s decision was many millennia ago, the resulting stain, the resulting disobedience continues. By our having the freedom to choose, by God lovingly giving us the ability to have free will, we make choices which, quite often, are not of love but rather worldly allure. But, thanks be to God that, as we sing in today’s Psalm, “With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.” We can make the right choices and, through the gifts of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, we can receive mercy and strength to make the right decisions. May each of us strive to do the will of God in our lives. Although satan is constantly striving to strike at us, may we permit the Holy Spirit into the ways of love and truth!
This is my final Sunday as the Parochial Administrator at St Matthews. It has been a true blessing and a joy to be assigned and come to know the good people there. As I return to my full responsibilities here at St Cecilia’s, my Parochial Vicar, Fr Aby Thampi, is assuming the responsibilities as the Parochial Administrator at St Matthews. As he serves St Matthews, he will continue in his role here as well. Please pray for Fr Aby, as well as the wonderful parishioners at St Matthews, that this change will be a positive one with many souls coming to Christ as a result of Fr Aby’s ministry.
May you have a good week in the Lord!
In His Love,
Fr Mario Joseph Tizziani