Brothers and sisters,
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Did you ever have a moment when you just had to drop everything and go somewhere? Perhaps it was a last-minute decision to go on vacation. Perhaps it was because of an accident or emergency in your family. Perhaps it is because of a conviction that God is calling you do something great. Our readings today speak of the drastic effect of the call of God in our lives. Jonah’s preaching to Nineveh motivated an entire city, so enormous that it took three days to walk across, to stop immediately to fast and put on sackcloth to repent of their sins (and this is before the Internet or social media!) As Jesus preaches for the very first time to repent and believe, simple fishermen drop their nets and immediately follow him. Do we hear Jesus calling us every day to follow him? May we be reminded of the immediacy and urgency of his call, as St. Paul reminds us, “Time is running out” (1 Cor 7:29).
This past week our community suffered the tragic loss of a young father and his son, Pablo and Matthew Pons. We will take up a special collection this weekend (January 24-25) for the support of the family at this time. Thank you very much for your generosity and prayers for them.
This Sunday, January 25 at 4:00 PM, the Honesdale Area Ministerium will hold an Ecumenical Prayer Service at St. Mary Magdalen church as part of the world-wide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. I will preside at this service, and Rev. Marge Allgeier, pastor of the White Mills United Methodist church, will preach. The theme this year is “Give me a drink” (Jn 4:7). Thank you to the Catholic Daughters for hosting a light supper afterwards in St. Mary’s Meeting Room.
There are always a lot of activities in our parish – please check out the parish website and the bulletin and get involved. I want to remind everyone of the adult education opportunity that Fr. Langan mentioned a few weeks ago – the class will start on Feb. 17th conducted by Fr. Langan (Tuesday night) and Feb. 18th conducted by myself (Wednesday after 12:00 Mass), for ten consecutive weeks. We decided to do this teaching: “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive” as a preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to the United States next September. If you are interested please sign up by calling the parish office (570-253-4561).
Also, if you know of any high school students or young adults in our parish who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please call me at the office – in the next few weeks we will be trying to begin a class for all of them, probably on Sunday afternoons, that they might be prepared in time for the spring time along with our 8th grade class. Peace to you!