Brothers and Sisters,
When you walked into Church this morning I hope you took just a moment to look around and appreciate what a marvelous Church Home we have. Take a couple of minutes to really look. Look at the beautiful architecture, at the beautiful artwork we have, and even take a few moments to look at the beautiful liturgical furniture that we have. This place of worship is a testament to God and a testament to our faithful stewardship of the gifts that God has given to each of us. The fact that we were able to pay the mortgage in full in just seven short years is a testament to the sense of ownership that we rightly feel for OUR spiritual home. But our spiritual home requires a lot of work to keep it looking beautiful.
The weather service is charged with giving advance warning to people about possibly dangerous conditions, such as hurricanes and flash floods. Officials of the weather service are not excused from their duty on the presumption that people do not listen to warnings anyway, or that warnings upset them and make them angry, or that bringing bad news makes them feel uncomfortable.
You are not thinking as God does but as human beings (man) do. Now I know how human beings (I) think...what's in it for me? How do I get to the front of the line? But, how does God think? God tells us how God thinks!! "Have that mind in you that was also in Christ Jesus who did not cling to his equality with God, but rather he emptied himself to assume the condition of a servant...there is to be no competition among you, no conceit, but everybody is to be self-effacing...(Phil 2,3) be sympathetic, have compassion, be self-effacing (1Pt. 3,8).
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we begin a new school year, things at home and in the community pick up speed. The parish offers programs for our young people that include Life Teen, EDGE (Middle School) and CCD. And, of course, we offer a catholic education through our Catholic School. As one parent whose children attended Sacred Heart School in the past said to me, "My children were prepared for Life".