August 24, 2014
In Hope We Share
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
You might have noticed that the bulletin tagline above has been changed from Compelled to Prayer. Compelled to Care. Compelled to Share to In Hope We Share. In Hope We Share is the pastoral theme chosen by the parish pastoral council to guide our prayer and our parish renewal throughout this 2014-2015 ministry year. Indeed this is what we are spending our time considering and about which we are praying these days: that Christ will renew our parish and that we all might grow in hope, in our unity, and in our generous sharing of him with one another.
St. Paul teaches that since one does not hope for what he already possesses, hope is not hope if its object is seen (see Rom. 8:24). The paradox of his teaching, then, and of our stewardship theme becomes apparent. We hope to possess, but we will possess only when we share. We hope to have more, but will have more only when we give away what we already own. The key to unlocking this paradox is this: the only hope that can be fulfilled, the only hope that comes to possess what it shares, to have what it gives away, is hope in Christ. Only Christian hope gains for us what we want by sharing what we value.
Moreover, we can possess everything if what we want to possess is only Christ. Indeed we can hope to have everything if what we share is Christ. Jesus himself taught: “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? (Mt. 16:25-26). St. Paul, too, taught: “More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8).
In this light, then, these next few weeks I will be reflecting with you on what it means to be a member of Our Lady of Loreto Parish, to live the spirituality of Mary, the Virgin of Loreto and the Mother of Cana. Her spirituality is our spirituality. Her spirituality is that of hoping so sharing, of sharing so possessing, of possessing so as to possess everything and all Jesus Christ, her Son.
I encourage you to visit the ministry and service faire in Holy Family Hall after Mass today. Sunday morning we have some very special visitors to the faire who would like to meet you and your family. Thanks to all who are serving the Lord and the parish.
Tomorrow (Monday) our parish school opens for its second year of prayer, study, and community. A few places are yet open in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
A lot is happening, a lot of good that the Lord might be proclaimed and others might be served.