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Fr. Mark’s Desk - February 18, 2018
First Sunday of Lent
“Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel’.”

Dear Parishioners,

I recently heard someone say; “There are only two days in your life that do not have 24 hours, the day you are born and the day you die.” I realized this of course, but I never really reflected on its meaning. We live in finite time serving a finite world. Our needs, passions, duties, regrets, ambitions are all centered in finite time with a finite purpose. It is only the first and last day, the days that aren’t 24 hours that put the whole spectrum of our life in perspective. The first and last day attach us to infinity, God’s time - everlasting time. When we look at our life apart from the reality of the beginning and end, the finite is all that matters. But in God’s time, Kairos, there is something more to notice.

When Jesus announces the kingdom of God and calls for the belief in the gospel, Jesus is announcing an everlasting plan in a finite world. Only by looking past the finite, can we understand the mystery of God in our life. This awareness requires time and reflection, both of which Lent can accomplish for us.

Setting aside the time to be with the Lord can be intimidating. We may find in God’s presence a communication or challenge that is unfamiliar, which may lead to questioning or fear. Maintaining communication with God leads to a stronger soul, much the same as exercise leads to a stronger body. Spending time with God, though sometimes challenging maintains our connection with eternal time-a time we all will face one day.

Jesus isn’t just coming to Galilee to proclaim the gospel, he is coming to Oak Lawn and to you… believe in the gospel, live for a time in God’s time!!

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Some notes...

~ This Sunday, February 18, our own Marge Nykaza will host songs and stories on the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of “Harmony, Hope and Healing”. The event will be at Mercy Circle chapel on the campus of Mother McAuley High School at 2 pm. All are invited.

~ Thank you for your attention to the Annual Catholic Appeal. We still need for people to make an offering. The importance of supporting our local Archdiocese financially is critical to the spiritual life of our church. Thank you for your support!

~ You have seen the invitation to participate in an evaluation of my ministry conducted by the Archdiocese of Chicago. The results of the survey benefit me (hopefully), the parish, and the archdiocese as they continue to discern and implement Renew My Church. Your responses are appreciated.

For those who do not have access to a computer,
there will be paper copies of the survey available in the rectory.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter

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