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 From Rev. Thomas Cima; Parochial Administrator

The snow hides the signs of spring.  Level streets create the surprise of potholes.  Sometimes, a smile hides a rotten heart.  Jesus knew the differences between appearances and reality. The Scriptures offer us some important stories. From the beginning, God did not value appearances.  The selection of a king of Israel in the book of Samuel is an example.  In the culture of Jesse, the firstborn received the inheritances.  When God searched for a king, this culture presumed that Eliab would be the king.  God had other ideas.  He says to Samuel: “Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature…Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.”  In the Gospel, the leaders in Israel did not understand the mission of Jesus.  Appearances were important.  For Jesus, the sign of the man was more important than the Sabbath regulation.  Christ began a new covenant with God: “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.”  Do you want to be blind?  Do you want to see?  St. Paul describes the way: “Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.  Try to lean what is pleasing to the Lord.  Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness.”   The season of lent i sour chance to walk in the light of Baptism, to renew the promises of Baptism, to put riches, fame and power on the edge of life.  We will put the Lord at the center.  Our Eucharist offers the chance to examine what is at the center and to change our hearts.  We will turn to God with a familiar psalm as our prayer: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”

Reverend Thomas E. Cima

Parochial Administrator

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