Dear People of God,
First of all, Thanks be to God for His extraordinary blessing on Fri, Jan 6. Again, I appreciate and thank all the members of Social Hall Committee, other Pastoral & Finance Council members, St. Boniface PCCW Ladies, Knights of Columbus, Altar Servers, St. Boniface School Teachers & Students and other Volunteers for your great support, hard work and generous commitment when our beloved Bishop Callahan came to bless our Rippley Social Hall. It was a great faith-experiencing day in the history of St. Boniface Church at Waumandee. The faithful participation of all Faithful was greatly appreciated by our Bishop.
After the Joyful Christmas season, we have started ordinary season from last Monday onwards in the liturgical Calendar. This Sunday’s readings reflect about the Lamb of God who was more than a “mere servant.” He is a son who obediently, fulfilled the will of the Father.
In the first reading from Isaiah, God honored his servant, and sealed this honor with a promise and mission: “I will make you a light to the nations.” The purpose for this promise is: “So that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth!” There are three basic suppositions about this promise and mission of God to his servant. The first is that, His servant is a trusted one. Second, he has accepted the Lord’s message and salvation. Third, this servant will not keep this salvation to himself. Rather, he will take it to others.
In today’s gospel, John the Baptist identifies and vividly presents the Saviour to world. By this act, John has completed his mission and the will of God. It was for this reason that he was called to be a prophet. He has obediently accomplished his mission. John therefore is a perfect example to us of how we ought to approach our call and the will of God for us. All we need to do is to accept it, and the Holy Spirit will confirm our efforts.
Finally, for us to do the will of God perfectly, we need to be in tune with the Holy Spirit. God will supply the grace that we need to do his will. The Holy Spirit will supply the power and the strength we need to fulfill our mission. If we remain docile to the Holy Spirit as John the Baptist was, he will reveal to us all we need to know. He will teach us the best way to carry out mission.
Have a Happy and Joyful Sunday!
Yours in Christ