Week of April 6, 2014


Here are some opportunities in our parish to help make your Lent complete:

There are still some opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The following parishes have Reconciliation Services this week:

Sunday, April 6     Presentation Parish

Monday, April 7    Holy Spirit Parish

Wednesday, April 9   St. Robert Parish-Blue Springs

All services start at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 19, the church will be decorated for Easter. If you can help please call Carol Mathews at the parish office, so she can make the necessary arrangements.

We still need Eucharistic Ministers to help at Easter Sunday masses. Please let the parish office know if you are able to help.

This weekend we hear the account of the raising of Lazarus. As we hear again this gospel proclaimed we are to become aware that Lazarus’ story and his experience are a paradigm for every believer. Just as Jesus loved Lazarus, so does Jesus love us. Similarly, just as Jesus wept for Lazarus, so is Jesus fully and even emotionally invested in our well-being. Moreover, just as Lazarus was raised, so every believer begins to live the life anew at baptism and, after death, rises to live forever in glory with the Lord.

Until such a time as God calls us home, Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans that we are to live life in accord with the Spirit of God who dwells within. A dynamic, uncontainable entity, the Spirit is constantly urging us toward goodness, justice, righteousness, peace and compassion for others. As our teacher, defender, guide and inspiration, the Spirit is not content to be heeded only once in a while or when it is convenient. On the contrary, the Spirit compels us to be the growth and transformation we want to experience in our world. Henri Nouwen believed that if people were more attentive to the Spirit, it would affect everything they touched. Not only would it have an impact on personal growth and relationships, but it would also influence economics, politics and all social structure. Did Jesus have such transformation in mind when he bequeathed his Spirit to his own? Surely he did. We who profess to believe in him as the resurrection and the life are endowed by his Spirit to be living signs that reveal who Jesus is and challenge others to share our faith in him. (Patricia Sanchez reflection in Celebration)


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