Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
Simon, Andrew, James, and John were fishermen. Simon and his brother Andrew were casting their nets into the sea while James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John were in a boat mending their nets. They were doing their regular daily work when the Lord saw them. Then the Lord called them to follow him and become fishers of men. It is interesting to see how the extraordinary of the Kingdom of God unfolds within the ordinary routines and activities of our lives.
It is within their own circumstances that Jesus cal1ed Simon, Andrew, James, and John to participate in the mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. After hearing the call, they left their nets and James and John left their father along with the hired men. In order to follow Jesus, they had to leave someone or something behind.
In our daily lives, we need attentive listening to be able to hear Jesus' call and the freedom and willingness to follow him and fulfill the mission to which he is calling us. What is the Lord calling me to today? What do I need to let go of to follow him and proclaim the Kingdom of God? We are invited to ponder these two questions individually and as a parish.
The mission statement of Holy Parish says that "we strive to live and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ." This is at the very heart of our parish. This is the call we have received. We respond to this mission by participating in the liturgy, the sacraments, and all the other ministries. A good number of parishioners are already taking part on this call We are grateful for their generosity. Still, the Lord is calling others. For this reason, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to take a look at our different ministries and consider enrolling in one of them. This is one of the concrete ways we respond to the call.
As for the first disciples, responding to Jesus' call is a Life changing experience. We might need to leave something or someone behind, we might need to do some changes in our ordinary lives but be sure that only then, the extraordinary of the Kingdom of God will come.
-fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.