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Pastoral Letter

January 14, 2018 - The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Note from the Youth Director

Dear Friends in Christ,
While the reality of winter has set in for Northeastern Ohio folk, we cannot help but yearn for warmer temperatures and brighter days. There is something about the human condition which is perpetually longing for something else or something better. That is, until we get it. We know from our experience that we are seekers, yet hardly, if ever satisfied. But, the opposite is also true of our human nature. We do not give up. We are resilient and keep coming back to it, even when the possibility of claiming it as our own is out of reach. So, how does all of this relate to John’s Gospel this weekend?

The main characters of the story in John 1:35-42 are Jesus, John the Baptist, and his sons Andrew and Simon Peter. In typical John the Baptist fashion, he is close to Jesus, probably walking in front of Him when the scene unfolds. John turns to Andrew and Simon Peter and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Of course we know these words are said by the priest during Mass after the sign of peace, and are followed with “who takes away the sins of the world.” But what a puzzling remark this must have been to the two disciples! They do not react or respond, mainly because they are unaware of what their father’s prophetic words actually indicate.

Andrew and Simon Peter then begin to follow Jesus. What happens next is even stranger. Jesus turns back to the disciples and says, “What are you looking for?” Instead of answering Jesus’ question, they respond back with a question. “Rabbi, where are you staying?” While at first it may seem rude or ill-mannered to question Jesus, they genuinely want to be near Christ. And so it is for us. There is only one way to our destination. The message is clear even though we are not always sure what we are looking for. How do we stay close to Christ? By reading His word, by receiving the Sacraments, by going to Church as a family every week, and by becoming Eucharist for the world. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”

Let us ask Our Mother for her help. Through your grace, your intercession, and your example, deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.

All the Best in the New Year,
Steven Dyer