Thank you for St. Anne’s Fest!
“Falling at the feet of Jesus” . . . have we learned to put our suffering in the hands of Jesus? How does suffering move us closer to Jesus? What might we need to learn through our suffering? In reading the gospel, both individuals who come to Jesus fall down before him.
The daughter of Jairus is sick; the gospel does not tell us its length of time. Jairus has come to see Jesus – we do not know whether this was easy or a long journey. The suffering of his daughter has brought him to Jesus. Perhaps he has consulted with every other known opportunity. When he falls at the feet of Jesus, he is coming with hope that this person finally can help him. He is putting his whole being in the power of Jesus. His suffering, so great, is leading him to trust in the power and presence of God. He is learning to have faith in God.
The woman who has hemorrhages has been sick for twelve years. No one else has been able to help her. She has been suffering. She too comes to Jesus with the hope that this person has a power unlike any other person to heal her. Her faith is so strong that she doesn’t need any miraculous encounter with Jesus – she just needs to touch his cloak. Realizing that she may have overstepped, she comes and falls down at the feet of Jesus. She needs faith that he will not remove her healing, but understand her great need. Her suffering has taught her great humility.
Suffering has the power to transform us. God has not promised a time limit on suffering. In the midst of suffering, we can consider how God is the best resource in our lives by which we can receive what we need. Because of our suffering, we are willing to fall at the feet of Jesus and wait for God’s grace to provide for us. Would we do so without suffering? There are many ways to find God; how might suffering be one way which leads us to God?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
Thank you to all who are present to help, to participate, to enjoy the Fest! We are grateful for the fellowship, fun and a bit of fundraising unfolding – Thanks for helping this event to be a success!
As a transition occurs and we begin a new fiscal year, plans are underway as to how scheduling needs to happen. In this coming year, the school Mass on Wednesdays will be the only liturgy offered when St. Anne Parish is assigned. A Communion Service at 7:00 a.m. is not possible due to the lack of availability of Leaders of Prayer. Thank you in advance for understanding the need for this change.
Diocesan Annual Appeal – The check for our Diocesan Appeal is being processed. We have met the target with the use of Stewardship Funds. Thank you to all who gave generously! A new year begins shortly – please be ready to offer assistance as we receive a new target!
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!