The month of October marks the beginning of our new Stewardship theme, ”As the Father sent me, so I send you”. As i considered that theme I began to think about our parish family. I thought back to the time my family first came here. I remembered how excited we were to be in a new parish, new home, and new schools. l also remembered how nervous we were to be in a new parish, new home, and new schools! All of our nerves were put to rest because of the way in which you welcomed us. You made my family feel as though they were part of your family. You came to our home and offered of yourselves. I believe Christ is calling us to do this for others as well.
Father Luke Veronis former missionary, and now parish priest in Massachusetts reminds us that Christ was sent for the purpose of encountering the other. Father writes, ”As the Father has sent me, so I send you! Jesus is telling His disciples that just as the Father sent Christ to live among us, eating and drinking and entering into our homes, encountering others wherever they were, and bringing them the good news of the Kingdom of God, in like manner, Jesus was now sending His disciples to go forth and encounter the other!” All of us are called and sent by Christ to do the same thing. We are called to reach out to the other with love and a welcoming spirit. Where do we start? With each other! We start by reaching out to one another. We start with those who come to visit our parish. We start with those who have been away for a little while. We show love in order to get people connected to Christ and His Church.
This month we are reminded that we are sent as Christ was sent to encounter the other with love and a welcoming spirit. My friends you know how to do this because you did it to me. I pray that we will remember to go out and offer that same love to others in order that they too will find a home here at the Cathedral.