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 – October 23,2016
That’s a pretty good summary of today’s Gospel from St. Luke (18:9-14). It’s a familiar passage. (You can always find the readings for any given day of the year by going to USCCB.org, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops page).
The Pharisees were good – fasting at least twice a week and giving more generously than most people. They were good it is true, but their goodness wasn’t always very helpful. As Jesus said: Only God is Good. The genuine goodness and holiness we have comes from God, not from ourselves or from something we say or do. And goodness is tricky. When goodness starts separating us from others, or somehow gives us a sense that we are better than others, well then maybe it’s not very good.
The tax collector was probably very wealthy. Very rich, yet he felt poor and humble in God’s house. He knew he was a sinner. He knew he could be doing better. No one else knew what was going on inside his heart, so people probably judged him. God knows our hearts and the Lord hears the cry of the poor.
I’ve told you before that my Mom always told her nine kids, “I love you, be good!” Once I asked, “Would you still love me even if I weren’t good?” Of course she assured me that she would always love me, and I knew the truth of that. It still feels good to know it.
One of my friends is a priest in Chicago. He works with kids who haven’t always been so good, and who have made some poor choices in life. Fr. Kelly tries to help them get off the streets, get out of the gangs, and get their lives together. One of Fr. Kelly’s kids said one day that he needed more love. He said that he didn’t get enough love. He didn’t feel the love and the care of family. As Christians, what we try to do is to let people know that they are special – that they deserve to be loved and cared for.
We are constantly trying to do that around here at MHR. This weekend the Church marks World Mission Sunday. We are once again made mindful of our call as members of a missionary church to “Go out to all the world and tell the good news!” Thankfully we begin this task anew each day. Thank you for all you do to proclaim “God’s inclusive love!” You are a blessing!
With love and prayers,