From the desk of Father José Castillo
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Word of the Lord brings us beautiful messages to meditate, I invite you to pray about what God tells us in His Word. Perhaps for too long, in the Church, we have been more reminded of personal sins than social ones, and of those, much more that had to do with the "flesh," forgetting the evils that affect our environment and those around us, those behaviors that they have to do, for example, with the money or social life, in general. That is very responsible for the ordained ministry, but so are believers, who have lived our lives of faith many times a long distance from our interpersonal and social relationships.
This Sunday's liturgy can be a tool that helps us to enlarge our gaze a little and to make a slightly broader reflection on how we behave in everyday life. Another element that we should take into account, without delay, is the Social Doctrine of the Church, "as doctrine" as the rest and yet we have set aside so easily. No wonder some call it "the great forgotten one." Pope Francis has brought this tree of the Social Doctrine to green with some of his texts, especially in the apostolic exhortation with which he opened, and somehow wanted to mark his pontificate, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel); and with his "green" encyclical, Laudato si' (Praise be).
In the first he reminds us that: "Kerygma has an inescapably social content: at the very heart of the Gospel is community life and commitment to others. The content of the first proclamation has an immediate moral impact whose focus is charity" (EG 177). I thank you for your prayers, your hours of service for the good of the Parish, and for your financial support. Tithing is to donate an hour of what you earn a week, with that we pay the expenses of the Parish. God multiply you in many blessings in everything.
1. Are you responsible for the social commitments that the gospel of Jesus Christ asks of us?
2. Do you give tithing to your parish each week, an hour of what you earn at work or what your company produces?