A Message from Fr. Hurley (May 8, 2022)

News May 3, 2022

He is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Last week someone sent me a picture of the front of Saint Mary Church with all the blossoms in full glory. It really was spectacular to see. With that picture was a caption, “Saint Mary’s in full BLOOM!” The caption and picture really struck me!

The scripture passage from The Book of Revelation read at Mass this weekend struck me in a similar way. In this scripture passage, the author, John, describes the life of the saints in heaven. The passage is like a caption used to describe the vision John received of the fullness of life in God’s presence. The caption, or description, uses symbols to portray a powerful truth and the reality that we are meant to embrace now in order to live more fully as Easter people.

The symbols include thrones, white robes, and palm branches, the blood of the Lamb, the springs of life-giving water, the innumerable numbers, and every tear wiped from their eyes. The meaning is profound and has more depth than a person can understand in a lifetime. This is not the place to explain the symbols, but all can understand the message of intense glory and wonderment that awaits those who share this faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For now, we may take comfort in the message of how glorious the fullness of life is meant to be for us, the followers of the Lamb of God. Nothing in this life can compare or impede the fullness of life as long as we strive to live His Way, His Life, His Truth. All the sacraments are given for us in order to live His Way, Life and Truth. This is us as an Easter people.

Perhaps we can take the caption and the vision (photo) of Saint Mary’s in full bloom as a symbol. Last weekend at Mass we had so many wonderful things going on that I could feel the Spirit. In fact, it was a little overwhelming. The children receiving First Holy Communion, baptisms, the Easter season, the new faces crowding in the church at Easter, the beauty of our worship space (inside and out), moving beyond the restrictions of COVID, and newly formed efforts for outreach and evangelization. It seems to me like life is in bloom here at Saint Mary Parish. It is great to see these signs of God’s glory and love for His people…you!

Speaking of God’s glory, I want to acknowledge our mothers. Today is Mother’s Day and we owe so much to our mothers. Thank you! I am compelled to share a little humor with the lessons my mother taught me:

My mother taught me religion: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
My mother taught me logic: “Because I said so, that’s why.”
More logic: “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not coming to the store with me!”
Contortionism: “Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck?”
Osmosis: “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
How to become an adult: “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
Justice: “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.”
The Circle of Life: “I brought you into this world and I can take you out!”

You’ve got to laugh.

Happy Mother’s Day.

He is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Fr. Hurley