Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 15, 2022 •
In the hierarchy of love, after your family obligations - and again, these are obligations of service and love - then what is the next hierarchically important act of service?
It's your parish family. That's your second family in a sense.
On a real level we know that the parish family is more important even than your physical family, because this is the family of Christ. In regards to your responsibilities, your biological family comes first, but after you've served them, if you have any extra time or energy, or money, then you serve your parish family.
You need to look for ways in which you can love your brothers and sisters in Christ. . . .
So when you're considering, "Do I have the time and energy to serve the Body of Christ? In what ways can I do that?" . . .
I just want to take a minute to go through the various ways in which you can serve your local parish and parish community:
Set-up and Clean-up at events like the Feast of St Dorothy, Divine Mercy Sunday, Marian Celebration or the various celebrations we have throughout the year where we need extra hands. The Knights of Columbus barbecue can always use help. Those are just "one day" jobs.
Assistant Catechists in the Confirmation Class
The Summer Kids' Camp - that takes a lot of work
So often, when you come to a parish event, you might not realize all of the labor that went into not only preparing it, but running it and cleaning up afterwards. If we don't get volunteers, it usually falls to a handful of people to do that work all by themselves. . . .
We're such a big family, it's much easier for us if everybody who is able just give s little aid, a little help.
I want you to pray about this and consider it. Is there something more that you can do? . . . As you pray, you have to remember this most important thing: for us the calling to serve and the calling to love is not just an invitation. Jesus says it's a new commandment. Which makes it an obligation.
A commandment. And we are to love as we are loved - as Christ loves us.
For more information on how you can get involved, please visit the
Acts 14:21-27; Ps 145:8-13; Rv 21:1-5a; Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35
Homily begins at 19:12