Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

As we enter the Holy Week, let us be reminded that the week is called holy not because of the things that we do, but because of what our Lord did for us. It has always been about what God has done for humanity that makes this week holy and lets us allow the memory of God’s mercy to sink in our hearts and truly feel the great love that God has for us all. Let us relish His mercy and bask in the radiance of His love. This week, among all the things that we are thinking of doing, let us not forget to tell God “Thank you.”

I think there is a tendency for us to make the Holy Week (or the whole Lenten Season for that matter) about us in the sacrifices that we do and in the Lenten practices that we observe – let us be reminded that it is not about us. It is always about God and His great love for all of us and we have to help in making it known to all the world.

This week, as we make ourselves one with our Lord, let us make someone happy, let us make someone truly feel loved because that is what God wants us to feel – His love. To those who do not believe, let us allow ourselves to be instruments of God’s love for them by the love that we give them, let us show them that God is love.

Brothers and sisters, let us go through this week with love in our hearts knowing that without it we will not really be able to do anything that will unite us to our Lord, who, in His great love for us suffered and died so we can be saved. As we remember what God did for us and as we are reminded of His great love for us, may this coming week truly be holy for all of us.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro