Fr. Stan's 2020 "State of the Parish" Address

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

May 1/2, 2021

5th Sunday of Easter

   The beautiful imagery of the vine and the branches is one we hear every year during the Easter Season. It seems so obvious to us that we need to be united to Christ to bring Him to others. But when we get so busy in doing things for our family, our work, our commitments or whatever, we try to do it all ourselves and forget where the real power of love comes from. Instead of strengthening our union with Christ and letting Him work through us, we go about a myriad of tasks without spending time on the work that really matters, growing in the love of Christ.

   We have God’s life and love within us. When we are united in this love, even when we are confronted with the most challenging individuals, they will come in contact with the love of Christ. When the love of Christ flows into them, it will flow from them to others.

   What really matters in our lives? Is it the way others treat us? Often that motivates us to return negative for negative. What others say and do, however, is really secondary to what really matters in life. What matters is the love of Christ that we have been empowered to make real in this world. When that love becomes our focus, then we really don’t care about ourselves. We just want others to experience that love.

   During this Easter time we celebrate the gift of the Lord’s life we received at baptism. We need to be determined to strengthen this life within us. We need to be more faithful and prayerful to the source of our strength and love, and be more attentive to bring this love to others. He is the vine, we are the branches

God Bless You,
Fr. Stan