Reflections for the Week
Thank You from Fr Bill
Last weekend was a milestone in my journey. I have been so blessed to have such wonderful companions on this pathway. There was so much joy last weekend that it so easily cancelled out the occasional dark nights
I trouble through. Words of mine cannot express my thanks for your friendship, loyalty and encouragement. While you have been a great blessing to me I quickly recall the words of Jesus - ‘Give a cup…’ I have had so many cups that the Lord will be forced to personally acknowledge his gratitude. While I can say thank you - he can do so much more.
Not only did I have the joy of celebrating with my Parish family I so much enjoyed meeting up with others who have walked with me. As Christmas approaches I am reminded of the purpose of all our journeys. United in this wonderful faith we can only be amazed of how much meaning there is in our life even in the darker days.
I could name so many who contributed to this joyous occasion, but I would be remiss if I did not very publicly thank our office staff, our Pastoral Council and our Finance Committee. We are truly blessed. So many commented on the great meal. Anne Allen could well be compared to Martha - the one Jesus went to when hungry. Martha could not have done better - thank you Anne.
To each of you I owe a great debt of gratitude. Fr Ranson mentioned some positive qualities, but I am very aware of the negatives and for that reason I ask you to continue to pray for me as I will for you. The Altar is the
Priesthood, the Mass is our union with the risen Christ and together, may we continue our life’s journey in the company of each other and with Mary as our guide. Thank you, bless you.
PS Ben thoroughly enjoyed some of the leftovers.
The year is ending, but God’s love never ends. Jesus remains with us in the Eucharist until the end of time. We are meant to continue to grow in our love and adoration of God. May we, like the shepherds, go to adore and glorify and praise God. May we, like the Magi, seek out our Lord, fall prostrate, do him homage, then open to him the treasure of our very lives. May we sing with all the joy in our hearts and heed the words, “O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Blessings of Charity
Charity is a meeting point of the Universal Church, where God’s children from every nation on earth meet and mutually enrich one another in a spirit of supernatural love. For the givers it is a blessing to be united in thought and prayer with those who were declared blessed by Jesus, because they are poor or suffer persecution. For the receivers, equally, it a joy to know themselves united with those who are declared blessed on account of their mercy.
Who is Jesus to Me?
Jesus is the Word made Flesh
Jesus is the Bread of Life
Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the Cross
Jesus is the Sacrifice at Holy Mass for the sins of the world and mine
Jesus is the Life - to be loved
Jesus is the Joy - to be shared
Jesus is the Hungry - to be fed
Jesus is the Thirsty - to be satiated
Jesus is the Naked - to be clothed
Jesus is the Homeless - to be taken in
Jesus is the Sick - to be healed
Jesus is the Lonely - to be loved
Jesus is the Unwanted - to be wanted
Jesus is the Leper - to wash his wounds
Jesus is the Beggar - to give him a smile
Jesus is the Drunkard - to listen to him
Jesus is the Little One - to embrace him
Jesus is the Drug Addict - to befriend him
Jesus is the Prostitute - to remove from danger
Jesus is the Prisoner - to be visited
Jesus is the Old - to be served
Jesus is my Everything. Amen.
Fr Bill's Thoughts