Message from Father Langan

February 11-12

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When I was an altar boy, very many years ago, I listened attentively to the proclamation of the Gospel, first announced in Latin and then by the priest in English. Two words which remained in Hebrew always caught my attention: “yot” and “tittle”, Since then, these mysterious terms have been translated into English and rendered in today’s Gospel as “…not the smallest letter of the law, not the smallest part of the letter of the law shall be done away with…”. The meaning to is obvious. The “yot” is our equivalent to a period and the “tittle”, an apostrophe. Such little marks in the Hebrew language can and does effect the meaning and interpretation of the Word of God. What seems to be insignificant is of absolute importance.

I am not trying to get into an etymological discourse here, but rather appreciating the beauty of the Word of God as it teaches us how to observe the world and wonders around us, most especially as we relate to and perceive one another. No one and no thing is insignificant in the eyes of God. All has emanated from the infinite mind which we will never comprehend. We do, however, understand that God has indeed made all for good and it is our privilege to revere and respect that which is considered unimportant in the eyes of the world. This is the wisdom we hear spoken of in today’s lesson from Corinthians: to see the world as God sees it and to see each and every person as a reflection of the wonders of God’s creation no matter how broken they may be by sin or unexpected circumstances. Jesus Christ came to redeem us all, to restore the beauty of Creation. We continue His mission by the way we deal with the “yots and tittles” of life.

In ten days time we shall be entering the Holy Season of Lent. Now is the time to make plans as to how you will enter into this season of penance and preparation for the great and glorious season of Easter. Your parish will be offering many opportunities to enrich your spiritual growth. In next week’s bulletin we shall list those devotions that will help you make a fruitful Lent.

With Blessings,
Father Langan

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