May the Choirs of Angels welcome you into Paradise and may you rejoice in the eternal banquet of heaven!
What a privilege it has been to serve the Church of the Diocese of Saginaw under the leadership and guidance of Bishop Cistone! What a joy it was to share in his ministry as Pastoral Administrator (and during my years in the Office of Liturgy). I am grateful for the witness of his deep faith and his great love for the Lord, particularly in the Eucharist. I really appreciate the loving care and concern he had for his flock, his continued presence among us throughout his illness, and his strong belief in God’s plan for each of us. Well done, good and faithful servant! Thank you for responding to God’s call.
As we celebrate the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Gospel passage relates the encounter of the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, with Jesus. Jesus asks him: “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus responds: “Master, I want to see.” And Jesus gave him back his sight. We who are not physically blind, do have areas of blindness in our lives. How would we answer Jesus today? This week, let us reflect upon what we would like Jesus to do for us. How would we like to see more clearly? Does our near-sightedness or our far-sightedness get us into trouble? Does looking too much at ourselves cause us to overlook the needs of others in our very midst? Does looking too far ahead cause us anxiety and prevent us from truly living in the present moment? When I was reflecting on this passage I began thinking about the various kinds of things that distract us and keeping us from “fixing our eyes on Jesus.” And I thought of the words of one of my favorite hymns of my youth: “Be thou, my vision, O Lord of my heart. Naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought by day or by night; waking or sleeping, thy presence, my light.” That is my prayer for this week.
Please do not forget that this Thursday, the Solemnity of All Saints, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Two Masses will be celebrated at Saint John Paul II Parish: 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM. For your convenience, a few other Masses in our Vicariate are listed in today’s bulletin.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ