FROM THE PASTOR:
Continued from last week: The Holy Mass - 4 …
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Cor. 13:13).
Grace is a free and unmerited favor. The grace means that we are unconditionally accepted, affirmed, and loved by God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit and that we are wholly one with Him in this love. Grace is personal communion and friendship with God, personal participation in the life of God. A life rooted in grace means a life rooted in faith, hope and love. At this point we could ask for healing of any negative attitudes that may have developed through the years toward God or neighbor. God wants us to bring all our spiritual, psychological and physical needs to him for healing.
Many people have an unconscious fear of God, believing if they love the Lord and get too close to Him, He will make them suffer. Those thoughts are inconsistent with the idea of a loving Father. These hidden fears grew out of a wrong notion of suffering; therefore people tend to associate religion with suffering. Holiness involves pain. But it is a pain allowed by God, having meaning and purpose. The saints suffered yet experienced a tremendous sense of closeness, warmth and love of the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
And with your spirit
God calls us to respond to His love. When we say, “And with your spirit”, let us use it as an opportunity to step forward and get involved in the Mass. This opens us up for grace and healing.
…to be continued next week.
Rev. Louis Reddy Maramreddy