Smith, K 4/7/19
I hope that your Lenten journey is going well and has been full of transformation, new revelations, and a deepening of your faith. My own personal relationship with Jesus has become more intimate and I’ve learned the importance of resting fully in God’s love for me.
I’ve also noticed how God has abundantly enriched my relationship with him through this faith community and my friends within it. When I connect with these people, I encounter God. I have found him in my interactions with Fr. Coady, the staff, musicians, parishioners who come for various meetings, community members needing assistance, religious education students, my Lenten faith-sharing group, having coffee or lunch with friends…
When one has an intimate relationship with Jesus and recognizes the presence of God when they connect with others, the celebration of the Mass means so much more. As Catholics, it’s very important that we pray and worship TOGETHER, as a community. Full, conscious, active participation is the Church’s vision for every person who comes to Mass. If each of us has been sustained and enriched by our intimate relationship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and by our relationships with each other, then the offering of our active participation in the liturgy will bless not only ourselves, but the entire worshipping community.
Keep preparing your hearts this last week of Lent. Make a choice to be an active participant in the Palm Sunday procession. Let’s immerse ourselves in the Paschal Mystery as we actively participate in the beautiful holy days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter. And may God bless as we continue our journey to him!
~ Kelley Smith, Music Liturgist