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Pastoral Ponderings . . .
Brenda Cline, Parish Director
Los Toros Mission Weekend
In today’s Gospel reading from Luke, we hear the parable of the rich man who lived lavishly, while ignoring a poor man named Lazarus who lay at his door, covered with sores. When Lazarus died, he was carried by the angels straight to heaven; whereas when the rich man died, he was tormented in the netherworld. The rich man wanted to send a message back to his friends and family, warning them to repent and pay attention to the poor. (Unlike the story of the rich man in “A Christmas Carol”, this rich man did not receive a visit from three ghosts, helping him to see the error of his ways while still alive!) Abraham points out that the rich man had Moses and the prophets to guide him to live a just life, and basically, he ignored it; and chose to live a lavish life without regard for others. The rich man received what was good during his lifetime…..and now Lazarus receives what is good for all eternity.
This is a tough lesson to digest….I must admit that I am challenged by it. How often have I ignored the poor in my midst? How often have I not heeded the Word of God handed down to me from Abraham, Moses, the prophets…and Jesus Christ? More often than I’d care to admit! But opportunities like today – Mission Sunday – give me a chance to rectify my thoughts and actions. Reading the bulletin articles from the Los Toros Council leading up to today, reflecting on the mission appeal packet, and hearing from our young adult witnesses at mass, help me to encounter a “modern day Lazarus” in the people of Los Toros. And I am richer for this encounter!
St. Joseph Parish is blessed to have an entire ministry devoted to international mission – working with the poor of our world – and in solidarity with them. We are all part of this mission. Our Los Toros Mission Council meets monthly to pray and discern priorities for this ministry. In addition to this year’s council officers who lead the efforts (Chair: Dave Bennett / Vice Chair: Pat Iwanski / Secretary: Kathy Zellner), the Los Toros council has six sub-committees which help focus their efforts: 1) Finance and Budgeting; 2) Human Concerns, 3) Building and Utilities, 4) Communication; 5) Health and Dental; and 6) Education, which has a few sub-teams of its own: Schools, Sewing Center, Library, and Beca (Scholarships). I am grateful for all who work daily on this ministry to our brothers and sisters in Los Toros – they are indeed the Hands of Christ! And they welcome your involvement – come share your gifts in this variety of needs.
Please join me in supporting our long-standing sister parish relationship in Los Toros, Dominican Republic by considering the mission appeal packet, and by keeping the Los Toros mission in your prayers: To live the Gospel by sharing our spiritual, cultural, and material resources in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Los Toros, empowering them to enhance their education, health, community development and spiritual growth.
Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.