From the desk of Fr. Barry:
I hope this finds everyone well after our Easter Day celebrations. Christ has truly risen! Alleluia!! As we continue to move through this Easter Season (till Pentecost), Sacred Scriptures will show us much zeal for our faith, but will also show doubt as in this weekends Gospel passage from John. Thomas, after hearing Jesus had appeared to the disciples says “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Seeing is truly believing, and when Thomas is able to see for himself, out comes those famous words, “My Lord and my God”. These are the same words I say at every Mass when I genuflect after holding up the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ensuring that this mystery before me is acknowledged for what it truly is.
“Seeing is believing”, it seems to hold true for many of us. Yet, so many times throughout our lives we go with our gut feeling or even what society tells us to think. Some may think that abortion is ok if it doesn’t affect me and it’s someone else making the decision. Church is something I believe in but if someone else doesn’t, well that’s ok. Or what about the sacraments? The Eucharist is fundamental to our faith, yet some Catholics only see this as a piece of bread that has no tie to the actual Body of Christ, or confession as being something that can be done in private without participating in the Sacrament of reconciliation.
What’s the point of believing if it doesn’t change us on the inside, if it doesn’t actually shape how we live, how we love each other, or how we treat one another? What’s the point of believing if we reduce it to just words, or ideas that simply rattle around in our heads? In other words, the depth of our belief is reflected in the depth of our love. It is in the action’s that we take to bring Christ into this world, to make our Lord visible in the lives we live.
I feel that so many of you are doing just that through your support of the new rectory/offices. Helping Christ the King grow into the future. If you have driven by the Church you’ve probably seen that we have broken ground! The basement walls and floor, as well as the garage floor has been poured. This coming week you’ll see the floor joists will be going in and the exterior walls will go up next, then the roof! In this case, seeing is believing, and yes we are growing and making our community stronger! Thank you everyone for all you have done, being that light of Christ to our faith community.