Dear Friends in Christ,
On this Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Christ comes to us as the unblemished Lamb of God who takes away the defilement of our sins, who purifies our unclean hearts and brings to light the glory of God's loving merciful works in our lives.
In a world darkened by the pandemic and godlessness, confused by worldly ideologies, torn and divided by opposing leaderships, we recognize how much we are in desperate need of Christ now more than ever. How much we need Christ and His tender compassion to cast out all evil, heal and forgive us today. How much we need Christ and the fullness of His grace, truth and power found in His Words and Sacraments. How much we need Christ to rule us as a Good Shepherd leads and guides His flock to the everlasting Kingdom in Heaven.
How Christ's merciful Heart laments over our torments and ordeals, longing to deliver and set us free. He approaches us and calls us to turn to Him, our Savior and Redeemer and make Him the center of our lives. How much Christ desires to quiet all the raging storms within our hearts and around us. How much He desires to dwell deeper in the silence of our hearts, freeing us from anxieties and fears, and granting us peace in His sacred presence.
During each Eucharistic feast, we celebrate Christ and His saving presence among us. We surrender to Him all that is unclean, impure and sinful within us, repenting and trusting in His liberating authority and power. We give thanks and glory to God who comes to reside in us. Ignited by His Divine Spirit, Christ sends us to go forth and spread His fame, to make known His glorious love and marvelous saving works to all the world.
God of all goodness be with you and your families as He nourishes you in faith, hope and love.
In Christ, with grateful prayers,
Rev. Jonathan Paala
"Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides." (Psalm 95:6-7)