October 10, 2021 – Pastor’s Column

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

Fr. Marty JacintoI hope you all are doing well!

We all experience times in our lives when we just feel we are up against a wall, when there does not seem to be any solution to our problems. It is at times like these when we really need to hear the gospel of hope that we have before us this weekend. Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”(Mark 10:27).

Brothers and sisters, when the Lord says, “all things are possible for God,” do we believe it? Do we really take Jesus at his word and believe that all things are indeed possible for God? If we really did believe that, then shouldn’t we be talking to God a whole lot more? If we believe that, then shouldn’t we be bringing to him all important concerns in our lives?

We should bring to Jesus the things that really matter in our lives and in our world. A simple prayer like,
“Lord, I’ve lost my way again and I really want to get back that feeling of your friendship, help me Lord.” Or, “Lord, I keep seeing the images of people being maimed and killed in bombings and Lord, can’t you do anything to help these people and turn all hearts away from violence?” Those are simple prayers that matter.

Jesus tells us in this weekend’s gospel that our God is not afraid to take on a challenge, but what about us? Maybe, just maybe, we are the ones who have a sense of inferiority when it comes to our problems or to the problems of the world. Let us change our attitude in our way of praying to God and be open to doing His will in our lives.

[Speaking of doing God’s will in our lives, our parish community is in need of those who possess talents or gifts in the area of Information Technology (I.T.). We need to form a new ministry (service) in this area of parish life.
This ministry will help us take care of our parish website and our presence on social media. It will enhance our way of communication. As we know, our world has evolved and will continue to evolve. We are now living in a world where technology has taken on an ever-greater role. So, for those of you who feel that God may be calling you to be of service to His people in this area of technology, please step up. See me or Father Tom or simply contact the parish office. Your service is badly needed.

In the gospel, Jesus assured Peter that whatever he left behind would be given back to him “a hundred times more.” Impossible? No brothers and sisters, because all things are possible for God and for those who are called according to his will.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you leave everything behind to be of service to God. What I am saying is that we do not have anything to worry about, if we do what God is asking us to do. We have God always on our side. He cares for us, he loves us, and he wants us to be happy with him forever.

This is also true for any ministry or service you do for God and His church. Sure, there may be some problems along the road, some troubles may be pretty scary. But in Jesus, we have no reason to fear. He has been there and he has done it all and he came back triumphant. And that is our blessed assurance; that if we stay with Jesus, we too will be triumphant. Try God and you will see how blessed you will be.

Last but not least, please check out our bulletin for other needs we have in the parish, as well as for information about ongoing events. Your participation will benefit the parish community and at the same time help you grow in faith.

God bless you all!

Love,
Father Marty