Jesus could not be more clear then in his instructions as we hear in the Gospel today. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
Jesus directly give us our vocational call and intended response.
We are called by the Word of God to live into our Baptism and all that implies for our lives.
I find myself in a place to view the kingdom of God being created each and every week as the Director of Faith Formation. I have been given the honor of supporting, challenging and inviting all ages into a beautiful faith journey with Christ.
Our parishes most recently celebrated the First Communion of 17 children. We have journeyed with these children and families in the past 9 months to learn, pray and explore together the great gift of the Holy Eucharist. Children are the direct learners, but each year, parent, grandparents, catechists and myself are blessed to more deeply learn and grow in God’s love a we together come to study what becoming more fully the Body of Christ is for us today. We are indeed blessed!
This year we celebrated the Confirmation of 17 youth from our parishes. For 9 months these young people, along with their parents and sponsors journeyed in an exploration of catechetical understanding of Confirmation. The year was filled with conversations and presentations of what it is to be Catholic. In exploring how we are called to live as disciples, we have engaged both young and adults in prayer, scripture exploration, conversation and journaling of how we can live into our Baptism. These young people, very willingly became involved in the various ministries, work and service of being a member of our parishes. As they prepared for Confirmation, they have all signed up to continue to be involved. We are indeed blessed!
Each week we have 80-100 people of all ages gather at St. Peter’s for a Community Meal. We eat and pray together, sharing stories of life. In recent weeks I was asking many of our guests why they come. The replies were as varied as the people. To be with others, to save time as we come from school/work right to Faith Formation, to have a good meal less expensively, because I like the people I met, to not have to eat alone one more night, because I am welcome are some of the answers. We offer community and meal, we feed people and it’s not just food. We are indeed blessed.
Each Wednesday when we have Faith Formation classes we are blessed with so many faithful and faith-filled volunteers. They come to help teach, support, welcome, teach prayers and be a friendly face. We have formed a family of families, all ages and backgrounds, together learning and growing in faith. We are indeed blessed.
Today, Jesus clearly instructs us in our vocational call. Today, as every day, we will make a decision-Jesus is providing the direction, what is your response?