Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
I hope you are doing well and remaining healthy.
First, as part of my short reflection, I would like to focus on this weekend’s Second Reading. The Letter of James is one of those practical pastoral letters from the earliest days of the Christian community. In it, the author makes a sincere effort to connect the issues of faith and works, more than many of the other scriptural writers.
James succinctly writes what makes our religion true: “Be doers of the word and not just hearers, deluding yourselves….Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this; to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:22, 27).
What James wrote is true for us today. Our religion is pure and undefiled when we care for the oppressed and the marginalized in our society.
Let us try as people of God to care for one another, especially for our brothers and sisters who are poor and have no other means of support. When we do that, when our laws do that, then we do something great in the eyes of God.
Saying that, in the name of our parish, I thank you for your generous response to last weekend’s special appeal to help those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. The total collection appears elsewhere in this bulletin.
We also thank the Holy Name Society members for their efforts to beautify our parish by planting flowers and hedges outside our church building.
If you haven’t noticed yet, here at Our Lady of Mercy, we have simple decorations around our church because I believe in the saying, ‘less is more and simple is beautiful!” That’s what we have here, and it is beautiful.
We do our best to make our space comfortable and conducive to prayer and worship. Our main focus and center of what we do here is the Eucharist.
I also appeal to you to pray for the people in Afghanistan. May they be protected from harm and may their problems be addressed and resolved sooner than later. Pray also for all the sick, that God’s healing touch may be upon them and they may be restored to health.
Last but not least, if you did not see the parish financial report in last weekend’s bulletin, or if you did not get a copy, there are copies in the parish office. It is good to know where we are financially. As you see, we need your help. So please continue to support your parish and perhaps consider increasing your donation. That would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you and God bless you all.