The Gifts of Hospitality

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

Jesus loved Mary, Lazarus, and Martha. Working with daily and weekly
chores is a good. Prayer, including the comtemplation of Jesus’ face, is a good.
Both are necessary for our Catholic Christian life. Both Martha and Mary offered
hospitality to Jesus; this too is a good. Martha’s worry and fussing about her
sister’s lack of helping her with the dinner preparations is challenged by Jesus
because Martha is only seeing part of the picture and thus unfairly scolds her
sister Mary.

We possess within us the gifts of hospitality in prayer & works; and, these
form an amazingly powerful pair in leading a life of dedicated service in our faith
community. As many families and individuals together forming the Holy Family
of Jesus Christ here as Holy Rosary Church, we pray, we serve, and we share
as one. These activities are accomplished here every week as a family centered
in Christ Jesus. Just as each family must look to the economic realites of food,
clothing, shelter, and adequate health care, and, I might add, not unlike The
Holy Family, we, as members of the Body of Christ at Holy Rosary, must take
responsibility for good stewardship of our resources, all by God’s extravagant
graces. Three reports on our financial status are being provided. The first is this
present weekend, the second will be published in late August, and the third will
be published in October. From then on, there will be Quarterly Financial Reports.

God bless you in your magnanimity.

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.