Retrouvaille Weekend

Couples who may be experiencing trouble in their marriage are invited to attend an area Retrouvaille Weekend, scheduled for Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18. For more information, email, or call (225) 993-2443.

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With Knowledge of the Tasks at Hand

ministry march18Simon Peter was an accomplished, seasoned and successful Galilean fisherman. He was hard at work when Jesus called him to a life of ministry. “As Jesus passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.” Similarly, Jesus issued a call to John and James. “They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him” (Mark 1:16-18, 19b-20). Their knowledge of cultural norms was always at work, too—up to the weekend of the Lord’s betrayal and beyond.  

“On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?’ He sent two of his disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water. Follow him. Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples? Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there.’ The disciples then went off, entered the city, and found it just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover” (Mark 14:12-16).

Jesus had no need to question the fishermen’s skills at their craft. He, likewise, had no reason to question their ability to facilitate the regular observances of their Jewish faith. As fishermen, it seems they worked together. As disciples, they certainly did so. A host of professionals serve in our parishes: accountants, teachers, restaurant workers, physician assistants and more. Each parishioner invests training, working in an office, in the field, and at home. And, all are called to invest skills and abilities in the work of their local parishes. The disciples knew how to cast their nets. But they also knew how to prepare a Passover meal. Serving together, we minister in each of our communities, advancing the work of Christ, giving ourselves to spread the Catholic faith to the glory of God. 

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All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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