Many of us have had times in our lives when we have been so bitter, confused or cynical that we have had difficulty believing in anything beyond this life. The religious authorities of Jesus’ time, suspicious and perhaps feeling threatened by his popularity, were negative and cynical. Out of their negativity, they tried to trick Jesus by asking him whose wife the woman who married seven brothers would be at the resurrection (Luke20:27-38). His response tells us he is not interested in death dealing negativity and cynicism. His life is about the life-giving hope of the resurrection. As he says, “God is not God of the dead but of the living. All are alive to God.” In other words, do not worry about who is married to whom when you die, take heart in the fact that death is not the end of things. Rather, it is the beginning of new life with God.
The Christ Cathedral Parish Stewardship Renewal has been a reminder that we have been blessed, chosen and sent to bring the love of Jesus to a troubled world. We do that through the life and ministry of our parish. Every Sunday we stand up to the negativity and cynicism of the world by gathering to celebrate Mass. Strengthened by the presence of the Lord in the Scriptures and Eucharist, moved by the beauty of ritual and music and reassured by each other’s presence, we are sent back into the world with new hope. From birth to death, we are educated and formed in the ways of our Catholic faith. Here, adults are initiated into the Church, our children are baptized, receive First Communion and are confirmed in the Holy Spirit. Couples are joined in Holy Matrimony, our sins are forgiven, the infirm are strengthened and our beloved deceased are given their final farewell as they enter eternal life. Those in need get relief through our community outreach. All of us are stronger because we are part of a visible community of faith.
Your financial support of Christ Cathedral Parish helps all of this and more to happen. Know that whatever portion of your financial resources you pledge to share during this coming year is very much appreciated. The world has been and will continue to be made new because we journey together as disciples of Jesus who are blessed, chosen and sent.
Together in faith,
Fr. Christopher Smith, Rector