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From Father Ken---
Statements will be available beginning January 30. You may pick up your statements
during the week in the Parish Office.
Statements will also be available for pick-up in the Church vestibule the weekends of
February 4-5 and February 11-12.
If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office.
January 15, 2017
The constant human quest as time inexorably marches on is to gain knowledge. The acquisition of knowledge is always a cause for joy. As we learn new things, we are able to find solutions to problems that plague us. One would think that there would come a point that finds us in complete command of the world around us. We do have means now more than ever to make our lives better, yet as far as I can tell, people still struggle, even if the details are different, the nature of the struggle remains the same. The same question is before us as it was before those who have gone before us: what is true and how do we know it? You might presume that after almost twenty-one centuries, we have true and certain knowledge of the founder of our faith, Jesus Christ. Countless generations have gone before us and one might think that with such a mighty company of witnesses, our faith would stand firm. Look again. No matter how long the progression is, we still have the same struggle that John the Baptist shows in today’s gospel. John was deeply aware that God had called him to be the voice crying out in the wilderness. He knew that he was to proclaim that the messiah was near. His understanding was deeper than most; he understood that the messiah was to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He still did not know him personally. How did he come to such certitude that Jesus was the Lamb of God? He saw the Spirit of God come upon him and remain with him. We aren’t in the same physical circumstance as John so we don’t see in the same way he did. Nevertheless, we do see. How? John was always paying attention, so when the Spirit came upon Jesus, he saw. In a similar way, we too must pay attention to our faith so that we are aware of the presence of Christ. If the practice of our faith becomes mere rote, without thought or intentional awareness, then we cease to see. We can become confused in faith and fall away. True faith on our part requires constant awareness, the constant seeking of the presence of Christ. There is no such thing as an accidental Christian. We cannot say we are Christian if there is no active intention to live as such. God bestows all the grace we need for salvation but this grace needs our seeking, our intentionality to become operative for us. This intentionality, this deliberate act of will is what we call love. It is work. If we say we are Christian but leave it at that, then the certitude we have will crumble. Our faith is at its core, an active relationship with God through Jesus. All the doctrines, all the dogmas, all the rules we have in the Church have one aim; to help us know in an ever deepening way our identity with Christ as first, members of his body and within that, our own unique relationship with Christ. The Spirit of God is upon us, let us not be blind to it but like John the Baptist, let us be aware of it so that we may have the certitude he did, so that we can testify to it, as he did.