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From the Desk of Fr. Mark - Our Pastor
January 23, 2022 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”

Occasionally, it is good for reflection, to review our individual life as a timeline. As we conduct that review, it is important to notice that our life often doesn’t stop at any single moment. In every life moment, there is usually more. For example:

  • I was born in April of 1961 at St. Bernard Hospital - but there was more.
  • I received First Holy Communion around age 7, and had an experience of God’s presence - but there was more.
  • My grandfather died when I was 10 - but there was more.
  • I graduated College - but there was more.
  • I became a priest - but there was more.
  • I became pastor - but there was more.

So, all of us have defining moments, but from those moments, life continues. So, with Jesus. As he is in the synagogue, he receives a scroll and reads a defining passage from Isaiah; ‘the Spirit of the Lord is upon me’ - but there will be more. From his death, there will be more. From his resurrection, there will be more. From his sending the Holy Spirit, there will be more.

God does not intend the moments of our life to be simply moments - there is more - what will you do next?

On this Respect Life Sunday, please continue to pray for Life from conception to natural death.

Have a great week!

Fr. Mark Walter
Pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge / St. Linus Parish

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