Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Roman Catholic Christian Community. 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 transgender; the healthy and the sick, particularly persons with HIV.
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.
Join us Wednesday evenings at 7pm during Lent!
Fr. Matt’s Message – Second Sunday of Lent
When we get up each morning, we don’t know what life has in store for us. Some days make us smile, while the prospect of what faces us on another day might scare us half to death. We all need strength to move through all of our days, no matter what kind of a day we might be facing.
Even Jesus needed that kind of daily support and comfort as he continued his journey towards Jerusalem and his impending suffering and death. His Father knew this and so to help his beloved One move through these difficult times, he allowed him to experience his true and deepest glory as his chosen Son. As the Scriptures describe it, “…while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.”
This must have been an overwhelming moment of happiness and peace for Jesus. But even Jesus could not remain on the mountaintop forever. Encouragement, support, comfort; these are the gifts that God wishes for each of us. Maybe these encouraging signs don’t arrive on our doorstep every day, but we need to be awake so that when they do come, we recognize them for what they are.
Lent is the season that reminds us that, yes, our lives are a journey bringing us ever closer to death. But we can trust the promise of new life at journey’s end. Lent challenges us to deeper experiences of God’s presence. This presence can equip us for the daily tiring, stressful, painful, or tedious parts of the journey. The mountaintop remains in the background. The “awesome” vision of glory and peace is remembered rather than relived. And yet a voice rings in our ears: “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
We must never forget that God has also chosen us.
Have a beautiful week!