Gifts to the Church → Our Faith
We return to Ordinary Time, at least in reference to our liturgical calendar. It is well to reiterate that “ordinary” time does not mean “normal” or common or unimportant time. Every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation for us. According to the Church’s Congregation for Divine Worship, there are six liturgical seasons in our Church Year. It begins with Advent; followed by Christmas; then comes Ordinary Time after the Baptism of Christ; Lent; Easter; and Ordinary Time after Pentecost. Various feasts and celebrations may occur on different Sundays and Holy Days in those seasons, but the aforementioned seasons are the keys for our worship. The term “ordinary” only refers to the fact that those Sundays are numbered, not that they are less important.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Those words of great insight are in St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Hymns have been written with that theme at the focal point. It is often quoted and used as a reference point for how we view our faith and the many mysteries of the Church.
We could also parallel Paul’s statement by saying
“We walk by hope, and not by sight.”
Through Christ’s Crucifixion we believe, we know, that Jesus offered us the possibility and the hope of life everlasting. We live in a world that puts great credibility to what the eye can see. That is why the visual and social media seem to have such a huge impact on people’s lives.
However, as Christians, we also know that the conclusions of the heart are as valid as those of the mind. Yet, this is one of the most difficult aspects of our relationship to God and to one another. Faith implies trust. Without that sense of trust, that feeling of hope, that awareness that there is more to truth than what seems obvious, we cannot pursue discipleship and stewardship the way Jesus has invited us to live. Our faith — our commitment to living as Christians — must pervade everything in our lives, everything we do every day.
Welcome Fr. Apostol!
Fr. Perfecto announced last weekend that Fr. Moises Apostol will be joining us as parochial vicar. He will be residing here in Maple Park. We look forward to his ministry to the parishioners here. I don’t want to speak of the “M” word, but his joining us will incur more expense to the parish. St. Mary and Ss. Peter and Paul will be sharing the combined salary of the two priests. Please help us if you can. I think you know how...
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