May 6, 2018
After the baptism of his baby sister at Holy Family, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “Father Philip said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys.”
Friendly environment is the something I enjoy the most in this parish. The young children come to church anxiously waiting to give a “high five” to the priests. Others just want to hug the priests after Mass. Most adults see the closeness between priests and parishioners. They find a friendly environment at the office area and consider the priest as a friend rather than a pastor.
It is wonderful to be chosen as a friend. Friendship is one of life's greatest gifts. There are many givens in life over which we have no control, but our friends are ours by choice. To speak of our being Christ's friends says something different than brother, sister, or other family designations. Why? Because friends are chosen. Our acquaintances in life are many; our friends are relatively few. A friend is always there, always trustworthy, always a support. A friend is the one to whom we can confide anything and be assured of understanding. A friend is one in whose presence we don't have to say anything. That is what Christ is to us. The other titles of Christ appear with such frequency. Churches are named Holy Redeemer, Christ the King, or Christ our Saviour, but seldom Christ our Friend. After all, Christ is the Friend who stands by us in every trial; the Friend who understands; the Friend who says, "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." We are chosen as his friends - another reason for Easter joy.
HAPPY EASTER SEASON! ALLELUIA!