Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

“Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” The Gospel that we have for this weekend reminds us that faith plays an important part in our own salvation. Without faith, it would really be hard for us to be saved especially if we already know who our God is.

There are times when we claim that we have faith in God but our actions show that we do not. There is a need for us to constantly look at the dispositions of our hearts and let the faith that we have bear fruits in the actions that we do.

In attending the Mass and receiving the Eucharist for example, our presence in the church to participate in this beautiful Sacrament can only be a manifestation of our faith in God – yes – but when the Mass is over, and we return to the outside world, that is when our faith should really manifest itself. The effect of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist should be seen in the way we relate with other people – especially to those who do not believe. After the Mass today (and every time we attend Mass) let us be more aware of our thoughts, words, and actions and let us make sure that they are showing our faith in God.

Reflecting further on the gospel, I believe we are being reminded also of how important it is for us to acknowledge and thank God for all the wonderful things that he is doing for us. We should be able to recognize God’s power over our lives and be grateful for it because truly, gratefulness is a sign of true discipleship. When we give thanks to God, we recognize not our own merits but that of God’s.

As our faith in God continues to grow, the closer we are to being with Him in his kingdom and that is a reason to be grateful. May God continue to bless us all.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro