Time of Commitment . . . We have been on vacation with Jesus contemplating how we might look to create something new for our lives. If the contemplation is fruitful, we should have an idea that we can be transformed. Are we ready to commit? Are we ready to start living what we have come to understand through our contemplation?
In the gospel, Jesus is sharing the type of commitment necessary for fruit to be realized. Unless we are willing to die to an old thought, pattern, or sin – we are not able to have new life. Death is the moment of letting go of what we have known so that we might know something new. Lent is the opportunity to contemplate a new way of being, but we will need a commitment to the new. If we are too easily swayed, we will fall back quickly into old patterns. Strength and courage are necessary in order to live in a new way.
Thus Jesus makes a commitment to the cross. The road is going to be brutal. Much about that journey is not going to be fun. While he understands this, he remains firm in His commitment to take up the cross. He will not abandon the cross; rather He will allow the new life which God plans to be born as His death leads to resurrection. Without the resolution to endure all that will come with the cross, the resurrection would be out of reach.
Jesus understands His purpose. He invites God to bring glory to the cross. Do we understand now our purpose? Are we committed to it? Are we able to carry the hardship of transformation? Will we allow new life to emerge through the commitment born out of our contemplation?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
Thank you to the many volunteers and helpers during this time of Lenten Fish Fries! Thank you to the many who shared a meal! While repairs delayed our start, we give thanks to God for the publicity and response which made our Fish Fry time a success! Two more weeks remain – join in the fun!
Stations of the Cross are concluded for this season of Lent. Thank you to all who participated! The numbers were positive and gave us time to pray and appreciate the re-installation of the Stations within our worship space!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – Steady progress is inching our way to our Appeal target. We have $54,914 in cash, pledges of $63,964. To reach our target, we still need over $35,000. April 1 is coming quickly and we need many more families who are willing to donate. Who is willing to respond to our need? We have made it 2/3 of the way – help us raise the final 1/3!
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!