Apr 21, 2019
I pray that the joy you experience on this Easter day will help you feel the newness of life in Jesus Christ every day.
I feel as if I’m usually an upbeat and optimistic person. Every once in a while, I can’t help but wonder though what it would be like to start life all over again. I don’t have many regrets in life but if I had life to start over again what would I do differently.
I know there would be things that I would do the same. I’d still want to be a priest because my priesthood brings me joy and I believe I’m doing very good work in my service to Jesus Christ and his Church. I’m a so-called delayed vocation. I waited seven years before I went into the seminary and was ordained when I was thirty-four. One thing I’d want to do differently in a life remake would be not to wait so long before choosing to become a priest. Then again everything in God’s good time.
If I did have a chance at a life remake, I’d want to restore those broken places in my life. I’d want to try to repair those times I injured others by being insensitive and those times when I was overly sensitive and allowed myself to feel broken by others. If I had a chance to live life over again, I’d want to reverse the times of sorrow in my life. I would want to wipe away those times when I shed tears or caused others to shed tears.
The truth is we do have the opportunity for a retake on life. That is what we celebrate today. It is the very essence of Easter. What we have been celebrating all this week and now will continue to celebrate throughout the coming fifty days of the Easter Season is that by his passion, death and resurrection Jesus gives everyone of the faithful a chance to have a retake on life.
That isn’t only an opportunity to reconcile with God and start new in our natural life. It is a new start in eternal life. Jesus obediently went to the cross to give his life and to experienced death. By doing that he conquered death so that we could experience everlasting life. Through his entering into death and by God’s resurrection of Jesus from the dead we are offered the promise of life everlasting. All those who have a close relationship with Jesus through prayer and imitation of Jesus’ goodness are given the promise of life eternal.
Today accept the new life Jesus offers you. Take up Jesus’ offer to give you a fresh start and a retake of your life. If you have committed serious sin don’t be afraid to ask pardon and forgiveness of our merciful God. Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation soon. God wants to generously give you the gift of a life retake so that you can experience the joy of life’s fulness. Use that gift of new life to grow closer to Jesus and to become more faithful to his commands.
After opening yourself to Jesus’ love in your life don’t forget to share it. Over the Lenten Season my homilies were based on the need for we the Church to recommit our efforts to imitate Jesus by going and making disciples of the lost, alienated and marginalized. It is our role as Christians to take the gift of the promise of new life into our world. It is the responsibility of every missionary disciple to share new life at the dinner table, the athletic field, around the watercooler and everywhere were go.
This Easter open your heart and soul to experience God’s offer of a life retake. Allow God to heal your sorrows and brokenness. As a missionary disciple share with those who feel broken and alienated the Good News that God wants to give them new life too.
Lenten Folders- If you have not yet returned your Lenten Folder you may do so by placing it in the collection box at the front of the Church. Parishioners received a Lenten Folder before Lent began. They were asked to put aside a quarter a day for a total of $10 over the entire Lenten season. These donations will be combined with those of other parishioners’ and sent to Food for the Poor to build a modest home for a family in Haiti. The cost of a home is $3,600. Last year parishioners donated $4,000. A modest house was built for the Montrevil Family of Plaine Du Nord, Haiti.
Cross Catholic Outreach Speaker
Fr. Farrell “Mac” McLaughlin will be visiting Holy Redeemer Parish the weekend of May 4-5, 2019, to speak on behalf of Cross Catholic Outreach. Fr. McLaughlin is a retired priest of the Diocese of Providence, RI. In his retirement years he has done considerable work in the areas of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Recovery. Cross Catholic Outreach was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the priests and nuns working in the Church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America. Please be attentive to Fr. “Mac’s” message.
Parish Summer Event Meeting next Sunday
The parish is planning a Summer Fun-raiser for Sunday, August 25, 2019. That is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the dedication of the original Holy Redeemer Church back in 1916. Back in mid-February we held our first organizational meeting. Next Sunday all interested parishioners and friends of the parish are invited to our second planning meeting at 4:00PM in the Parish Center. We will need lots of help! The Woman’s Club, Knights of Columbus and several parishioners are all onboard. It will be fun to work together as a parish community to make this event a success. Come share your gifts and make this a fun event.