This week we made the official transition from spring to summer. And with that transition the pace relaxes a bit. Many of our students sleep a bit later; families take off for vacation or a weekend at the lake; gardeners like myself make good use outdoors of the longer days. The church’s liturgy has settled comfortably into what we call Ordinary Time. With few exceptions, we number our Sundays, not so much because they are routine, but because we all do well to count our days and to use them wisely: for living resurrected life and loving all those whom God has sent us. While it’s possible to get a little lazy in these days of summer, (I speak from experience here.) we might use this time that is a little less scheduled to focus on the church’s mission to spread some good news. It was edifying this week to see many of our middle and high school students working with the little ones during vacation Bible school; encouraging too to see that band of volunteers who went last Friday to feed the homeless at Saints Peter and Paul. These days are a good time to assess what each of us is doing to further the church’s outreach to those in need. While some might not have time for a big project, such as traveling to Appalachia for Habitat for Humanity as our youth group does this summer, certainly there is time to get together a meal a month or prepare a casserole for our friends at St. Patrick Center. This might also be a good time to choose to be involved in one of our ongoing efforts such as the St. Vincent dePaul Society, Room at the Inn, or bringing communion to sick and homebound. Archbishop Carlson is asking all the parishes to make a renewed effort to evangelize in our communities. So let’s look around us and see some–maybe even in our own families–who await the good news that our God is alive and that He cares for all of His children.
Fr. Kenneth Brown