Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. The parish draws people from isolation to community, from searching to awakening, from indifference to concern, from selfishness to meaningful service, from fear in the midst of adversity to faith and hope in God.
The community of Most Holy Redeemer shares God’s compassionate love with all people. The parish offers a spiritual home to all: senior citizens and youth; single people and families; those who are straight, gay, lesbian, and transgendered; the healthy and the sick, particularly persons with HIV disease.
As a parish community, we celebrate God’s loving presence in our lives. In worship and sacrament, especially the Eucharist, we are nurtured and challenged to extend God’s kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace by growing in the spirit of Jesus, the Most Holy Redeemer.
Fr. Matt’s Message
Today’s Gospel recounts a significant healing. “Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened,” (Mk 7:34) Jesus said to the person who could not hear or speak. When we were baptized our ears and mouths were opened to hear and proclaim the Good News. We strive to make that Good News a part of our everyday lives. We are also reminded of our own need of healing and of those places where we need to “Be opened!”
Jesus performed this healing miracle in Gentile territory. The Gentiles’ beautiful faith response is very different than that of many of Jesus’ own people. Mark’s Gospel recounts how Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, “The ears of the deaf will be unsealed, and tongues of the mute will sing for joy” (Is 35:5-6).
Jesus is the one who brings salvation to Israel. Jesus is the one who brings salvation to all. his miracle of Jesus curing the person who could not hear or speak is unique in the Gospels. It is described as taking place gradually, through a series of actions and words, “Jesus took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!”.
Mark seemed to be using it as an illustration of growth in faith. Our growth in our faith is a gradual process. It’s what happens to every Christian at Baptism, the beginning of the journey of faith. Christ touches our ears so that we can hear his word, and touches our tongues so that we can profess our faith. Finally, we are challenged to put our faith into practice in our lives. The word of God when heard and acted on, is like seed falling on good soil; it makes our lives fruitful. As we live our lives, we are called to grow in our faith so we too can say with the prophet, “He has done all things well; he helps us to hear and allows us to speak.”
Our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will begin soon. If you, or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming Catholic or receiving the sacraments please contact us or simply drop by the rectory on Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Have a beautiful and blessed week!
With love and prayers,