Our Sunday Bible readings remind us that Jesus came to serve. Jesus’ entire life was focused on others. He came to fulfill His Father’s mission — the salvation of all the world. He labored for this mission by becoming the most humble of servants.
In today's Gospel, Simon says to Jesus, “Everyone is looking for you.” Jesus did not seek after praise. Rather, He responded by saying, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also.” Jesus was already looking to whom He could serve next.
As Christians, we, too, are humble servants who labor for our Father’s mission. We strive to follow Jesus, who was constantly aware of the needs of those around Him and put His gifts to good use. For us, this begins right here in our parish and diocese. We live each moment in awareness of our Father’s mission and in gratitude for all He has given us.
With these Bible readings in mind, please be generous in your support of our Annual Diocesan Ministry Appeal. As you watch the video this weekend, please consider your generous donation. If you have already given, thank you so much! Our parish goal is 175,000 dollars. I am confident that we can meet, and even exceed our goal, as we did last year.
Jesus tells us that the way to be attentive is through prayer. Before Jesus made the decision to go to the nearby villages to preach, He first went off to pray. It is through prayer that Jesus could hear what His Father was asking of Him. Please pray about your donation to the Diocesan Ministry Appeal. Commit to find some quiet time this week to pray. Ask the Lord, “How can I serve You better?” And let us each pray, ‘Make me humble, Lord.’
Fr. Mark Zacker