Jesus Meets Us Where We Are

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

Is Thomas' attitude and demand so different from our own at times? Our attitudes and demands can be harsh and unbending; we want what we want and delivered when & how we want it! John, the Beloved Disciple, came to faith in a different manner than Thomas and so too did Mary Magdalene. Jesus meets us where we are. He accepts us with the attitudes and demands we may possess, however unreasonable they may appear. Our conversion depends upon our willingness not to take ourselves so seriously that we cannot relinquish to God's grace our foibles, our selfish "my-way-or-the-highway" attitudes, and our reluctance to listen and to change. It is precisely when I cannot cooperate with God's grace in humility that I waste the precious, life-giving, merciful energy with which I have been endowed to heal and to love others and to glorify God. The infinite compassion of our Father in heaven is ours for the taking.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who in His great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
— 1 Peter 1:3

ln the Light Who ls Christ,

-fr. Chris, O.P