Jan 9, 2018
Virtus Training for the Decree on Child Protection
Every adult working with children in the context of the Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati MUST go through the Virtus training session and be approved by the Archdiocese to be in contact with children. I am in the process of writing to each of the heads of the various groups in the parish asking them to verify that all members in their group who are in contact in anyway with children are Virtus approved. As pastor, it is my responsibility to see to it that every group complies. I ask all employees and volunteers to work with their leaders to be sure no one “slips through the cracks.”
Remember to Remember and Pray
Monday, January 22 is the forty seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision Roe v. Wade which legalized the tragedy of abortion in this country. The Catholic Church in the United States has designated this day as a “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn.” Please pray for, work for, and support Pro-Life causes.
Reflection on Scripture
In today’s gospel, Jesus calls Simon and gives him the nickname “Rock” which is “Petram” in Latin, kepha in Aramaic, Petros in Greek. Rock is solid. Apparently Jesus perceived Peter to be that unbreakable foundation for his Church. A fisherman would have been an unlikely choice for such a foundational person if Jesus had been consulting Human Resources. A preferred choice would have been a scholar or a well-positioned person of wealth. But God does not see us with the lens of human prestige. God looks straight into our soul. God could have designed the perfect candidate. Instead, God chose an average guy.
When I worked as a tractor mechanic, I would look at my tools as extensions of my hands. With this tool, I could unlock the bolt or screw. I have a deep affection for my tools to this day because my mind can work through them. This is how God looks at us, his creatures. So to paraphrase a famous quote, “Ask not what you can do by yourself, but what God can do through you!” By the mystery of the Sacraments, you (like St. Peter) can be a tool in the hands of God.
Readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jon 3:1-5, 10
Theme: “Fishers of Human Beings”