Let Us Be Changed
Over the last few weeks we had some awesome celebrations here at Church. It is always dangerous to mention names but I feel I need to do so. In our liturgy column we have tried to list every leader of the committees that worked on the different celebrations of the Christmas season.
The entire liturgy committee led by Frank Ricchio and Tom Tate did a great job with the many different committees doing excellent work. Megan did a great job with all the different cantors and choirs for beautiful music all around. With the gym being used for a parallel Mass for the children, it was double work. Thank you, Fr. Joe! The Art & Environment looked great—thank you to Jarmen and the committee, and Jed for a beautiful crèche. We had record crowds again this year. In a special way I want to thank Penny Warne, who worked with the construction crew to get things completed in time for the Christmas Masses. It was great to be back in the Church for Christmas.
In today’s gospel reading from Matthew, the Magi went to visit Christ as they followed the star. But after being warned in a dream, they went back to their country by another way. That is the evangelist’s way of communicating a conversion; that when they saw the Baby Jesus, they experienced something so profound they changed, it changed who they were.
We are called to come back a different way after we experience Christ, not just at Christmas but at this table each week. We are called to go back a different way! It is my hope that you all had a great experience of Christ and Church over Christmas and you found a way to go back a different way!
On Christmas Day we gave every parish family a new book called “A Friendship Like No Other” by Fr. William Barry. It is a book about how to develop a deeper relationship with God and how to experience God as a friend. As all of you know, I have pushed everyone to deepen their prayer life, challenging you to pray every day. Based on your feedback, it is making a difference in your lives and I am delighted to hear it. The main motive for prayer is to deepen our connection with our friend, Jesus; it is to deepen our friendship with God. I hope you will read the book and enjoy it.
My hope is that you have been changed this last year of 2013 by your participation in our community. I hope you had some deeper experiences of God in your life and you had a chance to reflect on them in prayer. It is also my hope that 2014 will be a great year for you and your family and together we will experience even deeper experiences of God through Christ in our lives. Happy New Year and May God bless you in a special way.