FROM THE DESK OF FR. MARIO J. TIZZIANI
Today’s Second Reading is one that I encourage you to spend some time at home re-reading and meditating upon. What a profound passage – and yet one which we truly need to know and understand. St Paul provides us with the formula of salvation: “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.” It sounds so easy, yet so many work to make this gift so difficult to obtain. Our Lord calls us to follow Him. That’s the way to salvation. We have His example in today’s Gospel. Through our belief in Him, we are called to follow His example, striving to live lives which emulate His call to “love God and our neighbors as ourselves.” When we undergo the conversion experience and truly believe that Jesus is Lord, our confession – which St Paul speaks of – is not a private matter which only a few know of. NO, rather, our confession that Jesus is Lord is to be vocal and visual, providing a witness and proving to the world that He is the Lord, not only of the heavens and all creation, but of our own personal life. As we hear from the Letter to the Philippians, “...at Jesus’ name, every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!”
I pray that as we have begun our Lenten journey, you have opened your life and your heart to the Lord so that He, through the working of the Holy Spirit, is able to draw you closer to Himself. May this Lent be a time, for each of us, of a personal encounter with our Savior! May you have a truly blessed Lent!
In Christ's Love,
Fr Mario Joseph Tizziani