"We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them..."
Recently at two of our Sunday Masses, during the homily, 10 parishioners at each Mass were asked to come forward to accept a challenge. Each of the 20 was given a $10 bill, not of the Church’s money. They were asked as a condition upon receiving the gift to use the $10 to give it away to another. They were asked to first take time to pray and ask Jesus to guide them in the Spirit and place on their hearts how He would direct them to share this gift. They were also asked to be aware of what stirred in their hearts as they sought the Spirits direction both the struggle and joy of discernment. They were also asked to write a testimony of their experience to share with the community.
As of the writing of this letter 14 of the 20 have written to share their story. These stories have been placed on our parish website for you to read. These stories are not there to edify the deeds of these individuals. They are to witness to you the joy that awaits each of us when we put aside our inward vision and in the spirit of intent and mission look outward to see opportunities to be the hands of Jesus to others and to see Christ in others. For it is in giving to the least of these that we have given to Jesus. It is this kind of selflessness that we will recognize Him in the breaking of the bread.
Prepare the way of the Lord this Advent and make it part of your life yearlong and in this you will know the true blessings of Christmas!
In your service,