Our Eyes are Fixed on the Lord

07-07-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone had a safe and restful Fourth of July. June was a whirlwind. We hosted a Mass with Fr. Joseph Nguyen, a Women's retreat, Vacation Bible School, and Camp Invention. For that reason, we shut down the office last week for a little repose. This week, we are open again and beginning to gear up for the coming year. Next weekend, our teens will be at the Steubenville West retreat in Tucson. Please keep them in your prayers as they take this time away to be with other teens and encounter the Lord more deeply.

This Sunday's Psalm response is "Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for His mercy." In this we see the Christian life in a nutshell. Our eyes are always turning to the Lord so that he may fill our gaze day to day. We think of Mother Teresa who always saw Jesus in the people she served, understanding that when she served the poor she served Christ Himself. This is the goal for each of us as well, with whatever tasks we might be engaged in. The second part, pleading for his mercy, is not a matter of convincing God to have mercy on us. Rather, we express our need for redemption, knowing that the Father who is always generous, waits to hear from His children to bestow this bountiful act of love.

I hope everyone has a good week! Know of my prayers!

In Christ,

Fr. Connealy