Dear People of St. Patrick Parish & Visitors:
The Responsorial Psalm 6, tells us today to let all the earth cry out to God with joy. Why are we so joyful? What’s the big deal?
We turn to the Gospel of John 14:23, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.”
We are joyful because a loving and forgiving God created us and a beautiful world. He only asks that we love him in return and our neighbors. He asks us to keep his commandments, which would really make our world a better place without sin.
We are joyful because God sent Jesus to teach us to know the Father and accept the Father’s words as handed onto us by Jesus.
Yes, Jesus suffered and died for us so we can be baptized and receive the ‘Seven Sacraments.’
Jesus rose from the dead as He said. He ascended into heaven to pray for us, forgive us and await our entrance into heaven, when that time comes.
He promised to send us the Holy Spirit to guide us during our lives and He did.
We are not orphans, Jesus is present to us in the Mass and every time we receive Holy Communion.
We are happy because we know that when we die, we can go to heaven to be with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
We know we are loved by God. Are we willing to accept that love and live as we should? A joyful promise made, will we take it, live it and try to make our whole world a joyful place as God created it?
Pastor of St. Patrick Church