It is hard to believe that Fall is already here. In this coming week or two, my parents will be taking in their final cutting of hay. (I am hoping this happens on a Monday so I can get some tractor time.)
Fall reminds me of this passage from Mark 4:26-29: “He said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”
What we see mirrored in the fields round about us that are growing ripe for the harvest reflects something of the way Jesus works in our hearts. At this time of the year we are in a privileged place of reflection. What in my life in the past has been a seed of grace that has grown, perhaps even imperceptibly, but now is bearing fruit in my life? What are the good things He has been doing even amidst times of difficulty or trial? When you think of those blessings, think of their beginning and see if you can remember when the seed was planted: a prayer, a conversation, a homily (every priest’s fervent hope!), an unexpected road block? God can bring even good out of evil, and these exercises of remembering can help us see His hand more clearly. Doing so, we not only rejoice more in God’s loving providence but receive hope that even now Jesus is sowing seeds of grace in our heart.
This coming week, we will watch Deacon Larry Oney’s talk from last year’s Made for Happiness Assembly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn-lLPRa8n8.
Sept 18 – at Sacred Heart (6 pm in the School Basement)
Sept 19 – at St. Mary on the Lake (10 am)
Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. With a passion for lifting people up and sharing the faith, he leverages humor, joy, Scripture, love and personal insight to speak to people’s hearts and encourage them to live Spirit-filled lives. Deacon Larry’s ministry can be found at hopeandpurpose.org. HIGHLIGHTS of his talk:
- • Every Christian is meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
- • The Holy Spirit is the animator upon earth today in the body of Christ.
- • Every Christian has the authority and power to evangelize all the world.
- • By the power of the Holy Spirit, God calls us to be receivers, healers and deliverers.
As a side note:
The Parish Secretary will be on Vacation September 19-29, returning on Monday, September 30. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Deacon John or the school office.