Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

As we enter the week we call holy, let us be reminded that God loves us – It ‘s all because of Love.

Today is Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. The word “passion” when referring to Jesus, recalls to us his suffering. But passion can also mean “enthusiastic love” or that which drives a person to do even difficult things – it is a consuming desire that “eats up a person.” It is interesting how Jesus had His passion because of His passion – Jesus suffered because of His love for God the Father, and His love for us whom He wants to save. I believe we can all relate to this when we remember the things that we do or the things that we endure for our beloved.

Brothers and sisters, this week we will contemplate Jesus Christ’s suffering for all of us in obedience to the Father. As we go through this week, let us always be mindful of his love for us and be grateful for it. Let us ask our Lord to forgive us of our sins and let us unite ourselves with Him as we endure and offer our sacrifices to Him.

I believe it will be good too to be mindful of other people’s passion for us – the love that they have for us and the things that they do or endure because of their love for us. In those acts of love that can sometimes lead to sweat and blood, let us recognize the love of Jesus and be grateful. I believe that it is in recognizing the love of Jesus in the love that we receive from others that we can truly experience concretely His love or passion for us as individuals.

Let us respond with love. Let this week we call holy be a week full of love for truly, it’s all because of love.

In Christ, Fr. Maro.