Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend we celebrate the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The Gospel passage from Luke contains a series of statements by Jesus: life lessons and words to live by.  In a sense they may seem to be unrelated to one another.  The core of the Gospel is contained in the metaphor of the tree which Jesus uses to help us understand what he is talking about.  “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit,” he says.  And then Jesus reminds us that a good person bears good fruit whereas an evil person produces evil.  In other words, he is basically saying, “by your fruits shall you know them.  We might say, “actions speak louder than words.”  Our actions are windows into our souls.  Do our actions reflect the God within?  As we approach the holy season of Lent, it is fitting that we look within ourselves to see if we are living as authentic disciples of Christ by the fruit we bear.  What fruit do we bear that marks us as Christians, which causes people realize that, without a doubt, we are Christians?

Lent begins this week.  Our Ash Wednesday Schedule is:

8:30 AM Mass with Blessing and Distribution of Ashes,

6:30 PM Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes.

Please note the regulations for fasting and abstinence in today’s bulletin.  As in past years, the Worship Commission is asking us to keep a reverential silence when we enter the Church this Lenten Season to help provide an atmosphere for prayer and reflection.  Since Saint John Paul II Parish has entered into a “Year of Prayer,” each week, 10 minutes before each weekend Mass begins, we will be led into a meditative form of prayer. 

Please be sure to read the update on the baptismal font project in today’s bulletin.   All is in process for the font to be in place and completed by Friday, April 12.  The project has been in process since 2017 in conjunction with a request to the diocese for installing new carpeting in the church.  That request was granted with certain conditions attached, one of which was to return the baptismal font to its original place on the west side of the sanctuary, create a permanent font, by enhancing it to incorporate flowing water with lower basin to accommodate the baptism of babies, older children, youth, and adults. Today’s insert outlines the process that has taken place over the last 18 months to make this font and baptistry area a reality.

Blessings on your Lenten Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ