August 6, 2017
The Transfiguration of the Lord
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to Him.”
The Importance of Community
As we celebrate our Parish Bazaar this weekend, I want to reflect on the importance of community. Growing up, my parish community was a very important part of my life. I looked forward to spending time with my fellow parishioners, praying with them, volunteering with them, and being encouraged by them. Our yearly parish festival was also something I looked forward to as a time to come together as a parish family for fun, food, and friendship. Without a Christian community around us, it is hard to be encouraged in our faith, and spurred on to holiness.
Another very important reason why we need community is because we need someone to be accountable to. If we try to just live faith by ourselves, then we can easily fall into error or become lax, and at the same time justify ourselves because there is no one to call us out or lead us back to the straight and narrow path.
We hear in the Letter to the Hebrews,
“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
And Jesus himself promised to be present in the Christian community, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is giving so much of themselves to make our Parish Bazaar a success. So many have put in countless hours already, and so many more will be helping prepare and serve food, run the games and activities, and just lend a hand where needed. Your service is noticed and appreciated.
We also welcome all visitors today. I humbly ask for your prayers for our parish as well.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy the Bazaar!
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke