From Our Pastor
This Sunday we hear the Gospel of John about the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at the well. This is the story of the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, an encounter between two people who did not get along, and in the end, there was a happy ending.
If we think for a moment about our own lives, this can be the case for some of us. Sometimes people ask me, “How do I bring Jesus to the school, to the workplace, to my family, to my neighborhood?” If we focus on His Presence in our lives, if we recognize the Mercy and Compassion we have received, others will experience Him within us.
There is a famous Latin expression, “Nemo dat quo non habat.” It means “you cannot give what you do not have.” You cannot bring God to others if you do not have Him yourself. The opposite of this expression is also true. It is powerful and life-transforming. “We cannot help but give Him who we have.” If we have the Lord, then we cannot keep Him from others. Our very being will not allow us to keep the joy within us secret.
We join the Samaritan Woman this Sunday in proclaiming the joy within us. We continually experience His Love, His Mercy, and His Compassion. Now, world, go out to the well, and meet the Source of our Joy. Let His mercy and compassion into your lives, world. Allow Him to transform you from “putting up with life” to living in the Joy of the Lord. Go out to the well, world, and meet Jesus.
I want to thank all of you who have made a commitment to the Annual Catholic Appeal, may our good Lord continue to bless you in your endeavor, and protect you from any danger. As I have mentioned during masses, last year you contributed over our goal. We will be using the extra money for the following: $10,000.00 for Religious Education for our children, $10,000.00 for our youth ministry, which may include training and retreats for our catechists, and the rest, $6,035.52 for our AV system.
Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM
Pastor, Mission San Luis Rey Parish
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