“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” –Rev. 22:12-13

It is always hard to see clearly when passions run high. This past week has been hard for us as residents of the United States of America.

I have to say that my devotion to our country long preceded my now surpassing love for Jesus Christ. I started watching the Nightly News on NBC every night starting during the Watergate years.  These past months have been hard for me. It has made me sad. COVID-19 has made me lonely and worried about being diligent about parish safety. The reaction to the murder of Mr. George Floyd made me understand the depth of the pain of the “other”. I was grieved. The economic calamity of the COVID-19 virus makes my heart break and makes me worried for those who will be facing foreclosure and job loss.

“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come; let this blessed assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul. It is well with my soul.” –Horatio G. Spafford (1873).

We should be reminded in all times that hard for us that the Pioneer of our Salvation knows our pain, our sorrow, our suffering, and our worry. What did he do when he faced all of these things we face? He carried on. He got up. He went out. He kept his mind on the mission. The mission carried him through.

He is our Alpha and our Omega, our Beginning and our End. He is our mission. Serving Jesus Christ out of our love for him is what we are about. So, every day, we should serve others through our smiles, our loving words, our answer to do things that serve the last, the least, and the lost.

It would be wonderful if we could renew or continue that tradition by congratulating the children who come to Sunday School on their first Sunday on January 24.  If you see a child, congratulate them, please.

 

+Fr. Mark Kurowski