Revised Reconciliation Session #3 – Practice Session Sunday, January 20 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Tuesday, January 22 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Do you seek the Lord Jesus with expectant faith? No one who sought Jesus out was refused his help. Even the untouchables and the outcasts of Jewish society found help in him. Unlike the people of Jesus' time who fled at the sight of a leper, Jesus touched the leper who approached him and he made him whole and clean. Why was this so remarkable? Lepers were outcasts of society. They were driven from their homes and communities and left to fend for themselves. Their physical condition was terrible as they slowly lost the use of their limbs and withered away. They were not only shunned but regarded as "already dead" even by their relatives. The Jewish law forbade anyone from touching or approaching a leper, lest ritual defilement occur.

This leper did something quite remarkable. He approached Jesus confidently and humbly, expecting that Jesus could and would heal him. Normally a leper would be stoned or at least warded off if he tried to come near a rabbi. Jesus not only grants the man his request, but he demonstrates the personal love, compassion, and tenderness of God in his physical touch. The medical knowledge of his day would have regarded such contact as grave risk for incurring infection. Jesus met the man's misery with compassion and tender kindness. He communicated the love and mercy of God in a sign that spoke more eloquently than words. He touched the man and made him clean - not only physically but spiritually as well. How do you approach those who are difficult to love, or who are shunned by others because they are deformed or have some defect? Do you show them kindness and offer them mercy and help as Jesus did? The Lord is always ready to show us his mercy and to free us from whatever makes us unclean, unapproachable, or unloving towards others.

Remember that the Pancake Breakfast is being held downstairs after all Masses this weekend. I hope you come down and support the efforts of our Parish Knights of Columbus Council.
The Pasta Dinner Night is quickly approaching next Saturday evening.  Tickets are available this weekend! Come and enjoy our 20th Anniversary Dinner with your fellow parishioners.

LENT 2015 +
Please note that the Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. There will be an elementary school Mass at 9:15 am and a high school Mass at 1 pm followed by a parish Mass at 7:30 pm. You are invited to attend any of these Masses for the beginning of Lent. Ashes, of course, will be distributed at all Masses.
FRIDAY EVENING DURING LENT: Mass will be celebrated every Friday evening at 7 pm immediately followed by the Stations of the Cross. Parish Committees and Ministries will lead the Stations each week.
I wish you all a good week

Fr. Phil