21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2013
My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
Laborious weeks have passed since I got here nearly two months. With all the normal duties we have, we also finished in each parish a summer festival event. Thanks to the good Lord for the good weather and a great turn out with a new addition to the food menu this year: the Rolls and at St. Boniface we added the pork chops. My mother, with couple of friends and I, had rolled over two thousand rolls for the two events and you all received them well. I take that as a compliment that you are all have appreciated the fact that I am your new pastor. I give thanks to the Almighty God and our Blessed Virgin Mary, through Archbishop Nienstedt, who lead us to this local church and entrusted me in these particular parishes.
I am living among you as shepherd and as servant. As shepherd, I lead you in prayer; celebrate the holy mass and spiritually guarding all souls; and my ultimate goal is that you all living a saintly life and becoming saints. As servant, I serve everyone at his/her need in sacraments and sacramental. In the parish setting, my ability is limited to many things, but I am not a lone ranger, the staffs and volunteers are my left and right hands. Of course, all of you are counted for doing the work of God. We all choose God as the source of our life, but in the meantime, by virtue of choosing Him, we are also doing what He has commissioned us. That “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Mt. 28:19-20.
God is with us always as he promised and we are in God as his followers and believers. I like our parish mission that is posted on our website; that we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and sacraments in calling people to new lives and discipleship. Yes, we are in fact, the body of Jesus, the mystical body of Jesus Christ. We are striving for holiness. In this holy year, the Year of Faith – we vow to bring forth the gift of faith and sharing it with others in our ordinary lives.
Looking back at the past months, we have done phenomenal work to up bringing our community. I thank you, all of you, for your kindness in welcoming me to this western suburban area, to our parish and to your home. Our works are not done yet, just beginning. Let us resubmit ourselves to the Eucharist as a source of our life so that every moment in life we live are for God’s glory. We continue sharing the gift of faith in this holy year: the Year of Faith. Let us also celebrate our faith in Jesus Christ – the Savior of mankind.
Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong