Fr. Stan's 2019 "State of the Parish" Address

Rev. Stanley M. Moczydlowski, M.B.A., M. Div. (Fr. Stan)

October 12/13, 2019

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time


   ON THE SURFACE, BOTH THE FIRST READING AND THE GOSPEL are stories about the importance of being thankful to God for the blessings in our lives, even when things don’t go exactly as we planned or hoped. Even amid our crosses, God’s goodness, love, and blessings are there.

   But there is more to each of these readings. Not only did Naaman and the Samaritan leper thank God for healing them, they also thanked the person through whom God worked.
Naaman praised God and offered Elisha a gift. The leper glorified God and thanked Jesus (remember he had no way of knowing Jesus himself was God). We can learn a valuable
lesson from these examples.

   Being grateful to God and being grateful to our brothers and sisters are not two different things. The truth is, there is no way to be truly thankful for the good things God provides without showing that same gratitude to people we come in contact with each and every day. We can’t have one without the other.

   The challenge is to be mindful of the small acts of kindness that come our way each day, not by accident, but by the goodness of another. When we experience these blessings, these tiny good things that make our lives a little better or a little easier, let’s be sure to direct that gratitude not in one but two directions - toward God and toward the person that was good to us, towards that person who was open to God’s grace and who simply and graciously paid it forward.

   We might just make that person’s day (and maybe God’s too).

                

God bless you,
Fr. Stan