Tuesday of Holy Week
Reconciliation service - 7:00
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Lazarus
Readings for today’s Mass
The Gospel touches on this same theme. Jesus' disciples have been chosen to be "light to the nations." But as soon as trouble confronts them, they bail out. Even Peter who has been selected as head of the disciples will betray Jesus soon enough.
The bottom line is that God is always faithful to us; we are created to be light to the nations and the word of God has reached to "the ends of the earth." Peter ultimately held so tightly to God's Word that the Romans martyred him for it. At the same time, we always need God's strength and forgiveness: strength to do God's will and forgiveness from God when we mess up. The only way I know to hold fast to God is to pray any way I can (sing, beg, praise anytime, anywhere) and seek support from a community of faith. The poet Maya Angelou puts it this way:
Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
As Easter approaches, I want to remember that (1) I can be and have been "light"--I do love friends, my dear wife, family and serve people in various ways, and yet (2) I have turned my back on God too. So, I pray and gather with community. Amen. Alleluia.