We have so much to be thankful for! We are a growing community of faith. We are blessed in so many ways. And what is so vital is that we share our wonderful blessings. We’re in the midst of this wonderful season in which we focus so much on GIFT. The gifts that we have been given by our faith which directs us. The Gift of knowing that God walks with us on our life journey. The Gift of being aware of the fact that we need to share our blessings – we need to care for the others in our life – we need to realize that all we have , and we have so much, is given by our Good God.
This week our Jesse Tree makes its appearance in our Sanctuary. And it is a reminder of the need we have in the midst of the joy of this season to connect ourselves with those who have so much less. The little gift we buy for a stranger somewhere in Trenton or Asbury Park is a token, in a sense, of the posture, the attitude we must have of reaching out from the comfortable zones to touch the lives of sisters and brothers who are in need.
In 2014 we will finally connect with a mission, probably in Haiti, where we can share our blessings. We will continue with our Good News People Program which stretches us to realize how better to be disciples. We will continue to learn more and more how to be a welcoming community so that all who come to visit us will feel at home.
Happy Thanksgiving – and happy Advent Journey!
This past weekend we talked about our commitment to serve one another in the parish community through our Time and Talent renewal. The Time and Talent form shows the many different ways each of us can be good disciples, active members of the parish community. Matthew Kelly in his book “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic” says that only 7% of the people who claim to be Roman Catholic, who go to Church, are really active disciples! That’s quite a statement! But he quotes a pastor that he spoke with a few years ago who insisted that in his experience there are always just about 50 people in every parish who do all the work. Can you imagine what a dynamic parish community the Church of the Precious Blood would be if everyone did just one thing that is on the Time and Talent Form? We would be a beacon for all to see! We would be noticed as active, committed followers of the Way. And really, there is something for everyone on the form. Even if you can’t bring communion to the sick, or do the gardening or teach religious ed you probably could spend some time before the Eucharist on First Friday and pray for the rest of the parish. We do have people who sit at home and make prayer shawls for the mothers of the newly baptized – they do it they say because they can’t get out of the house to do other things.
And so, be sure to look and and pray about the Time and Talent survey – Let’s make sure that more than 50 people are making at difference at the Church of the Precious Blood.