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Dear Friends in Christ,

As another liturgical season, the Ordinary Time, unfolds before us, Christ brings us to the beginning of the ministry of His apostles.  These ordinary people were drawn to the teachings of Christ and realized that the fulfillment of their deepest longing can only be found in Him.   

Perhaps like them, we are at a point in our lives where we are searching for answers to our problems, we are looking for some light to dispel our doubts, worries and uncertainties about the future, we are seeking rest from the seemingly unending burdens and toils of life.  

Just like the experience of the apostles, Christ is turning to us in our darkest moment, entering our hearts and offering to us the Good News - that He is the Messiah Who has come to save us.  He is Jesus, the Anointed One Who brings us truth and grace, that we are God's beloved children, purchased by the price of His loving sacrifice on the Cross.  He alone knows and understands what resides in the deepest recesses of our hearts and He alone can mend and heal all that is broken within, He alone can make us whole and complete, He alone can raise us up by His power.  

In that gracious encounter with Christ, His gentle voice promises us that all who to come to His Heart will see the lasting hope, happiness, and love that await all who follow Him and surrender in loving obedience and faith.  Christ unites us to Himself through the Holy Spirit who empowers us to heed God's unique call for each one of us to love and serve Him in our particular vocation - priesthood, religious life, marriage or single life.  Christ equips us with the grace to respond, "Here I am Lord, I come to do Your will."

As the Spirit of the Lord gathers us on this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, let us behold the Lamb of God as one community of faith at Christ's Eucharistic Feast in our St. Luke's Church or virtually at home.  Let us thank God for all the gifts He has lavished upon us, especially the gift of our own vocation.  Let us ask God to nourish and strengthen us in faith, hope and love to follow and serve Christ each moment of our lives - so that in all things God might be glorified.

Blessings of goodness, in Christ,

Rev. Jonathan Paala

Pastor

 Jesus turned and saw them following him

and said to them, “What are you looking for?”

They said to him, “where are you staying?”

He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”

John 1:38-39

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