Gifts to the Church → Trust in the Lord
Most of us have heard many times the story of how God tested Abraham, as reported in our first reading from Genesis. Often there may be various emotional reactions to the situation as it unfolds. However, there are two important aspects of the narrative that we sometimes miss.
Yes, Abraham was tested, but so was his son Isaac. It would seem that Isaac was a willing participant in the ordeal. Isaac clearly did not protest nor resist lying on the altar in preparation for what would occur. Isaac offers an example of one of the basic tenets of stewardship: he trusted completely in God (and in his father, as well). That kind of total trust is difficult, but if we do not trust in the Lord, it is hard for us to make the kind of commitment to stewardship and discipleship the Lord wants from us.
The other feature of this story we sometimes miss is the parallel between Abraham and his son, and what would occur between God and His only son, Jesus Christ. Everything from the mountain to hauling the wood up the mountain to the father sacrificing his son to deliverance from death is reminiscent of Christ’s sacrifice for us, and God’s willingness to offer “His only begotten Son, that those who believe in him may not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Buildings & Maintenance
We can’t thank enough those volunteers who worked tirelessly to accomplish our sanctuary and nave remodeling on-time and on-budget! May God bless you all in a special way! We also sincerely thank Bishop Malloy who took time from his busy schedule to visit this weekend and celebrate this event with the Sacred Liturgy.
We have accomplished much but we can’t slow down now! As you know, we have contracted for the rebuilding of the Nativity stained glass window. This work will begin in May. Over the next ten years or so we will need to rebuild at least the other large stained glass windows. As shared previously, all our windows are approaching 100 years old and will need to be rebuilt. We also need to plan for resurfacing the asphalt driveways. I know there are additional items the Building & Grounds Committee has identified that will need to be addressed.
We have been blessed. You, our parishioners, have generously donated. The Fundraising Committee has sponsored events and worked hard netting substantial funds. We are most grateful to all! We are making progress, but we cannot continue to do so without your help. Fr. Perfecto has challenged us to contribute toward improvements around the parish. Father’s challenge: to give $10 more a week for building improvements based upon giving up one meal a week. Lent is the perfect time to reconsider this challenge!
Fasting and sacrifice… These two acts tend to keep us focused on what is truly important, our eternal life; something new iPhone 6’s and large flat screen TVs can’t do. Take Father’s challenge seriously. Please use the envelope in the bi-monthly mailing labeled “Buildings & Maintenance.” The envelope is intended to provide a gentle reminder of our continuing effort.
May God bless you for all you do in supporting the parish through gifts of your time, talent and treasure.
Please remember St. Mary’s with a gift in your will or estate plan.