Dearly Beloved in Christ:
Did you make a new year resolution for 2019? If so, how is it going so far? I hope you persevere with your goals. Also, if you would recall, I invited us at the beginning of the year to consider making 2019 a Year of Hospitality. Christian hospitality, as I have already mentioned, is about creating a welcoming space for others.
When we practice Christian hospitality, we are imitating the goodness of God who, in Christ, created a space for us in the Divine family. Christ, by his Incarnation, assumed our humanity. In other words, by becoming man, Christ has created a space for all of us, welcoming us into the Divine family forever! As a friend of mine once put it, “there is now, because of Christ, a place for us in God”.
In today’s Second Reading, St. Paul speaks of the fact that we all have been variously gifted by the Holy Spirit to do the work of God. Are you exercising your gifts in such a way as to make room for others? In the Gospel reading, we see Christ making room for the bride and groom in a moment of potential crisis. He did not neglect them in their time of need; his miracle of love – the first recorded in the Gospel of John – was an exercise in Divine hospitality.
So how can we exercise Christian hospitality more? Here is a suggestion for us to consider: how about we all strive to be welcoming to all those we encounter. I would like to encourage us to consider sitting closer to the middle of the pews when we come for mass. This would make it easier for our brothers and sisters who come after us to find a place to sit. How nice it would be for those who visit our parish to see us do this; it would immediately give them a great sense of welcome.
To all who have contributed generously to the ongoing Steps4students 5k Run/Walk campaign, I say “thank you!” for supporting Catholic education and may the Good Lord bless you abundantly. This year’s event will be on Saturday, February 16th at the Co-Cathedral, Downtown Houston. I will be there, together with some of our students, family and friends of our Holy Family School, to take part in the race. Our goal is to raise $25,000 this year. Please go to www.steps4students.org to learn more about this family fun event and to register. You can also register by calling the school office.
We welcome Sr. Lisa Valentini, MSC to our parish this weekend. Sr. Valentini is a member of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and is here for the annual Mission Appeal.
Please note that the office will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
We are one Holy Family parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma