Dear Parish Family,
In the Gospel this weekend Jesus encourage us to make our relationship with God first in all we do.
Jesus explains the difficulties of discipleship, and reveals that those who welcome the disciples have also welcomed him.
We are also told of the importance of hospitality in the Christian life. To welcome another in Jesus’ name is to extend hospitality to Jesus himself. We have many opportunities in our daily life to reach out to others, to be a welcoming presence and a sign of God’s love, to be pro-active in kindness towards one another and to those whose paths we cross.
St. Francis de sales recognized this and made this one of his basic teachings. “Important tasks lie seldom in our path; but all day long there are little things we can do well, if we do them with all our love.”
Jesus assures His disciples that even the smallest acts of kindness and service done in His name will not go unnoticed by God, promising a reward and recognition in the kingdom of heaven.
This Tuesday is the Fourth of July, Independence Day. Let us pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms, in solidarity with those who fight for justice, and for conversion of the oppressors.
I wish everyone a wonderful and safe 4th of July,
Peace be with you!