The readings today remind us of our belief in eternal life and the Resurrection. We don’t believe that Jesus was a wise teacher, he was (and is) the Son of God who really rose from the dead. No resurrection, no Christianity.
As a result of the resurrection, we live in hope and joy because we know we are offered to share the fruits of his victory over death. While we all will experience an earthly death, it is not the end of our lives. St. Paul reminds us though that eternity with God is not something we earn or can achieve on our own. At best, humanity can only delay death. We cannot overcome it. Heaven is the goal of the Christian. If it is our goal, but we cannot earn it, what hope do we have? Paul tells us that God love overcomes our weakness. He offers us the graces we need. When we accept those graces, we are able to grow in our union with Him.
At the same time, we are given the task to share the message of the Gospel with all people. God desires that all who are made in His image and likeness share in the hope and joy of heaven. This can seem to be an overwhelming task, yet those graces help us to persevere. We need to be sure that in the good times, we take the time to build up our spiritual endurance so that in the rough times we are able to persevere. We must also remember that we are not alone in this journey of faith. We are a part of a family of faith. When you are tired, worn down and/or struggling, this family keeps you close to their hearts in prayer. We need to be sure that in the good times, we are taking time to pray for those who can’t.
Please consider joining us on Tuesday November 26 at 6PM for a special Mass of Thanksgiving. High School youth are invited to wear their school colors in preparation for Thursday’s big games. All are invited to bring a canned good that we will donate to the Bourne Food Pantry. I am very excited to invite you to the free Pasta Dinner that will follow right after Mass! The staff want to thank you for your support of our family of faith and felt this was the best way to do so. We just ask that you contact us to let us know if you are planning on attending the dinner so we can get an idea of how much pasta to cook. You can call Patty at 508-563-5887, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link on our website, www.stjohnspocasset.org.