Sometimes, it feels like Advent has only just ended before Lent rolls around. This is another time in our liturgical calendar when parishioners begin to look to parish leaders for guidance, inspiration, and compassion to help them navigate. Is your parish ready to meet their needs?
The Gospel tells the story of how the Apostles fished all night but caught nothing. Jesus tells them to cast their nets again. By trusting Jesus, they received an enormous catch. We are all called to trust Jesus and receive all his goodness.
Have you ever participated in various trust exercises, where you have to place your faith in others around you? Trust is important, especially in our relationship with Jesus. Trust in Jesus, the one who calls you to this life. His word is truth, and he would never let you fall.
According to a 2018 Radicati Group study, there will be more than 3.8 billion email users before the start of 2019, over 100 million more than the previous year. In other words, over half of the entire planet uses email right now. If your parish has yet to collect parishioner emails, or are doing it half-heartily, now is the time to jump into it.
Whether we’re activists, doctors, carpenters, or stay-at-home parents, the power of the Gospel of love can and must shine out through our daily lives. And if we are fighting for justice in this world, then the words of Paul are for us as well. Without love, we become a “clanging gong” or “clashing symbol.” Without love, our witness and works will “be brought to nothing.”
The millennial generation is hungry for meaning, purpose, and authenticity — especially when it comes to their faith. They are used to seeking out opportunities to challenge their lives and, as such, look at the Sunday Mass experience through the same lens.
The human condition, with all of its messiness, irregularities, sinfulness, imperfection, brokenness, suffering, and conflicting ideologies, is our condition. It is also the condition into which God was born. There is room for everyone. This is how God designed things in the first place.