Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

The Gospel that we have for this Sunday is a narration of a day that the author remembers very clearly. We have a clue about how he remembered it clearly by a line that is so simple that we can easily pass it by without realizing its significance. The author wrote: “It was about four in the afternoon…” The Gospel according to John was written about 60 years after Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and yet the author remembered the time of the day when he first encountered the Lord. It was indeed a significant event in his life and because of that, he wanted others to know about it, hence the writing of the Gospel.

Brothers and sisters, let us remind ourselves of our first encounter with Jesus and let us remember how great we felt. And let us allow that memory to move us into action, calling others to come and see this great Messiah that we encountered and are now in a relationship with. But then, if in all honesty we cannot recall having that powerful experience meeting or encountering Jesus Christ in our life yet, then something needs to be done. We have to pray for the grace to meet Him and let us open our hearts to Him. I believe that in His goodness and mercy, we can be sure, that grace will be given.

When that happens, we can be one with John in saying our own version of the words: “It was about four in the afternoon…” Let our weekly celebration of the Eucharist truly be a powerful and life changing encounter with Jesus Christ. May God continue to bless us all.

In Christ, Fr. Maro