In the first reading today (Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15),
God announces himself to Moses and through him, to us. God makes it clear that
He created everything and we owe Him everything.
In 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12, Paul calls for
repentance, a change of our ways. He tells us the time is short. Paul
anticipated the imminent end of the world but the message is relevant because we
never know when the world will end for each of us, or maybe, when we will pass
up the opportunity to change.
The Gospel message gives us the story of what
happens to a tree that does not bear fruit. It is removed to make a place for
one that does.
As Catholics, we often feel secure knowing that we
are in Godís Church, His orchard. We recognize Him and know who He is. But
maybe we are too comfortable being a shade tree in Godís orchard. God doesnít
need shade trees! He wants fruit trees that are productive in spreading His
message to the world. We cannot hide His message in our hearts and think we are
showing love for God.
Lent is a time to wake up and start to live our
faith. Let it show in everything we do. Let everyone we meet see that we believe
and trust in God. It is not necessary to start preaching to everyone. All that
is needed is to show what we believe by our actions, our love, our caring.
Do it now because, as Paul tells us, time is short.
We can and must do more and if we do, we will be fed and cultivated so that we
become even more productive.
Church Bulletin Articles
The members of the Liturgy Planning Ministry, meet before the major church seasons to discuss the "focus" of the season and how the liturgies can be used to bring the parishioners to a better understanding of the season. The members of this ministry include the pastor, liturgy staff members, music staff members, the head of the Art and Environment ministry, and several parishioners who have an interest and training of the subject. I am a member. One of the functions of a few of these members is to write articles for the parish weekly bulletin during these seasons. Articles that I have written are on this page.
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