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.
What Would Jesus Do?
On Saturdays the custom at the Erickson house in Peoria, IL, is to clean out leftovers from the refrigerator. One Saturday, Mrs. Erickson gave the one remaining portion of tortellini to 6-year-old Jeremy. However, his 8-year-old brother, Matthew, also wanted some of the tortellini, so an argument ensued. After several unsuccessful attempts to mediate the dispute, Matthew and Jeremy’s parents decided on a theological approach. Hoping to convince Jeremy to share his portion with Matthew, they asked the question, “Jeremy, what would Jesus do in this situation?”Jeremy, perhaps thinking about the multiplication of the loaves and fishes immediately responded, “He would just make more!” (Do We Have Enough for Dinner? By Paul Decker).
What would Jesus do? A common and thought-provoking question. After studying Jesus’ parables in depth, one scholar said that the only reliable answer to the question can be summed up in two words: “Something unexpected.”
That is probably very true. And yet the question is an important one. St. Paul in writing to the Philippians all but requires us to ask the WWJD question. He writes, “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, HAVE THE SAME MINDSET AS CHRIST JESUS …”
We are called to think and act like Jesus. “Have the same mindset at Christ Jesus …” We are to do as Christ would do. What would Jesus do? Paul gives us some solid clues. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,” he writes. “Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of others.”
To answer the question it is good to begin with Jesus’ humility. To live as Jesus lived we are called to try to look beyond our own needs to the needs of others as we “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”
I pray that your week is filled with light and love, strong blessings and much joy. Let us all strive to be that light and love, blessing and joy to each other. Know of my prayers for you each day!
With love and prayers,