Jesus’ story about the lost sheep has always amazed me. Why wouldn’t the shepherd simply cut his losses and not worry about one sheep, which probably was already eaten by the wolves anyway? And besides, that shepherd could have been putting the other 99 in jeopardy. It is most likely those who heard Jesus tell that story had a reaction similar to mine.
From the Bishop
“Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.” These words of Jesus have been guiding our diocese in a particular way these past four years. These words are also the charge given us for the years ahead. The Holy Spirit is clearly telling us what we are to do. Now it is up to each of us to become disciples of Jesus and then go out there and disciple others!
What does Flint need? Flint needs the same thing that every community needs – love! What, though, does this mean? At the most basic level, of course, we care for those in need as we care for ourselves, and as we would want others to care for us if we were in need. For example, there is nothing more basic than water.
Monica Miller has just authored a book, The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church, in which she devotes a chapter to Mary. In comparing Mary to Eve, she cites this wonderful piece of St. Irenaeus:
A blessed Easter to all of you! At Easter Sunday Mass we all heard these words spoken by Peter in the Acts of the Apostles:
“You know…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil … We are witnesses of all that he did ... This man God raised on the third day ... He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God.” (36-42)
OK, witnesses, let’s go out there and testify!
We have a lot going on in the Diocese of Lansing as well as in your parishes! In 2012 we began, as a diocese, to reflect on the Church’s call to us to Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord. We are currently in the second year of building up the Household of Faith as a way to get us ready to announce that Gospel. We first need to encounter Christ, to engage our practicing Catholic sisters and brothers in prayer and faith-sharing and thus become more welcoming parishes. We need to become better disciples of the Lord. Obviously, this holy work is not completed in two years or a hundred.