January 11-12, 2015

I have a confession to make: I still haven't nailed down my new year resolutions! I have proposed a few to myself, but I've not yet made out my final list. It seems that this year I'm waiting for divine inspiration...

Having said this, I would like to offer a resolution to you, as well as a way to fulfill the resolution. I urge you to add this resolution to your list: "This year, I resolve to take one step towards an encounter with Jesus Christ."

You probably know where I am going with this. Next month on February 3, our parish begins its first session of the Christlife program, Discovering Christ. This will involve a commitment to free up seven consecutive Tuesday evenings to attend these sessions. The rest is up to Jesus, and I know he will keep his word to be there when you follow through on your resolution. Next week I will describe in some more detail the what to expect at these meetings.

And now, a word from Pope Francis: "God’s word is unpredictable in its power. The Gospel speaks of a seed which, once sown, grows by itself, even as the farmer sleeps (Mk 4:26-29). The Church has to accept this unruly freedom of the word, which accomplishes what it wills in ways that surpass our calculations and ways of thinking." [par. 22]