He could not see flowers.
He could not see people.
He could not see anything.
He had been blind ever since he was born.
But something special happened
To this blind man:
Jesus saw him.
As I was thinking about what to write for this letter, I began to recount last weekend. My wife, Jen, and I spent our time moving. Moving is never fun – especially when it’s not completely your choice. With the packing, carrying heavy things, and everything else that comes in that world, it’s very easy to become upset and frustrated. As Jen and I filled our cars to the brim and shuttled everything we owned to our new place, I could feel the presence of anger making its way into my heart. I was angry that we were forced to move and angry that the process was taking so long. After spending some time fuming, we began to clean our now-empty condo. It was around 9:30pm and pouring rain outside. To our surprise, we hear a knock at our front door. It was our next-door neighbor who just moved in about 9 months ago. In one hand, she had a bag of bread rolls and, in the other, a package of pre-cooked beef. She tells us that she knows that we’ve been so working so hard the past few days, to take some time to have a meal, and to let her know if there’s anything she could do to help. We thanked her and at that moment, I was no longer angry or frustrated, but instead grateful and smiling.
During times of hardship and frustration, it’s easy for us to become “blind”. It’s easy to forget that Christ is present to us, always. Sometimes, we need to be reminded not to let those feelings get the best of us (something that is obviously easier said than done). Lent is a time of preparation, and what better way is there to prepare than to recognize the ways that He is present to us; especially when He shows himself through a woman who walked through the rain to bring you a warm dinner.
Youth Ministry Events:
Friday, April 14 – Annual Good Friday Crosswalk – If you are in 7th/8th grade or a high school student, join us for our Good Friday Cross Walk. We start in front of the church and walk a large cross around Pleasant Hill and do the Stations of the Cross around the city. Afterwards, we present the cross to the congregation at the Good Friday Liturgy. It’s an amazing opportunity for you to meet other teens and to pray with them! We will meet at 12pm on Friday April 14th in front of the Church.
May – Confirmation Registration – If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior that would like be Confirmed during the 2017-2018 year, we will have open registration beginning May continuing through the summer. If you have any questions, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:00pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 6:30 pm (during Lent);
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)