For the last 16 Weekends every Sunday has had a title from ‘The First Sunday of Lent’ on February 22nd up until last week’s feast of ‘The Body and Blood of Christ’. So when I first looked at the readings for today – I saw it was just ‘The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time’. I jokingly said to myself – aha – ‘Nobody Sunday’. My next thought was – let’s make it ‘Every-Body Sunday!’ – and rightfully so. This time of year is always busy for both clergy and parishioners alike. For many of you these past few months have been a time of preparation, be it preparing your own or your teenage child for Confirmation, your own or your young son or daughter for first Holy Communion, or indeed both!
Preparation to receive any of the Sacraments comes with many things to be done but despite this, nothing quite beats the feeling of joy and pride when we see our young people, or any fellow parishioners, taking the next step on their faith journey. Be it Confirmation or first Holy Communion or our adult converts professing our faith or Weddings and even last week’s Transitional Deacon ordination, such steps are milestones in the life of a Catholic. We are truly blessed with many parishioners receiving Sacraments. And, the fact that we have so many young people ready and willing to own their faith is surely a credit to both them and to you, their parents and families – for this, may God bless and reward you all.
The family unit has often been so beautifully described as “the Domestic Church” in which each family is called upon to be the first school of the Gospel where children are taught what it means to live in a loving and stable environment; taught how to pray, taught to love God and neighbor, to honor their parents and to live out their faith in accordance with the precepts of the Church. We live in a time when traditional family life is often undermined and even considered as an out-of-date concept. Regardless who or how many sit(s) around our dinner table each night – Let us strive to live out our high calling as Catholic families, Catholic households, in the community and may God continue to bless each and every one of you; for in reality – no matter what feast we celebrate – when it comes to God’s Love – EVERY Sunday is about us for every Sunday is FOR us.
Happy ‘Everybody Sunday’ to us all!