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Welcome Fr. Ryan Ruiz
Nikki Dickson

Welcome Fr. Ryan Ruiz

Sunday, June 28, 2020

An encounter with Jesus calls us to make a choice. We can accept him or reject him. Those who accept him choose a difficult path that they will share with Jesus. This path will likely include persecution and suffering. Jesus’ disciples were Christian ‘prophets.’ They spoke God’s saving message. Whoever offered the disciples hospitality received Jesus himself and God who sent him. Those who extended this kindness were rewarded by God for receiving his messengers. The word hospitality means “to welcome others as guests.” One of our tasks as a church is to be a welcoming community. How are you helping Our Lady of Lourdes be a welcoming community? In today’s second reading, St. Paul reflects on Christian Baptism. It is like going down into death with Christ so that the baptized can come to new life with him. St. Paul’s audience knew for themselves this going down into the water. Those who were baptized live the new life of Christ. This weekend’s Gospel consists of two sets of short sayings attributed to Jesus. One about the cost of discipleship and the other focuses on hospitality. These sayings come from a part of St. Matthew’s Gospel known as the “mission discourse.” “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Jesus challenges us to make the Gospel a priority in our lives. Are you willing to live the call of discipleship?

Please join me in welcoming Fr. Ryan Ruiz.

Thank you, Fr. Ryan, for joining our community to celebrate weekend Masses with us. Have a blessed week! Fr. Len

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