If you want to know a little bit more about what kind of community we hope to be at St Joseph Parish, read each of these three parables, all taken from Matthew’s gospel, chapter 25:
The parable of the ten virgins: Mt 25:1-13
From this parable, we are learning that, if our lamp is filled with the oil of compassion and mercy, it will never run dry, and there will always be fuel to share with others.
The parable of the talents: Mt 25:14-30
From this parable, we are learning that we always need to invest in the gifts God has given us. But we are also learning that we need to invest in the gifts of one another as well. When we do this, God will always give us an amazing return on our investment.
The judgment of the nations: Mt 25:31-46
From this parable, we are learning to look for opportunities to meet Jesus (who often comes to us in disguise) through service, no matter how simple or profound that service may be.
We want to continue to learn from these parables because we want to be a “Matthew 25 Parish!”
If you have read this far, I have a feeling that I was correct in the beginning of this note – you want to walk with Jesus. Let’s walk together. Let’s ask God to open our hearts so His Spirit can fan whatever spark of love is present into a huge flame of God’s love. Let’s continue to grow as missionary disciples of Jesus by serving Him in one another.
– Fr Mike