Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. This 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.
Fr. Matt’s Message – Week of July 7, 2017
In many ways, Jesus’ life in Nazareth was that of an ordinary working person. He knew firsthand the struggles, the difficulties and the frustrations people endured each day, the heavy burdens life placed on their shoulders. Jesus knew this, and he wanted to lighten their burdens. The Scribes and the Pharisees lived a privileged existence. Distant, disconnected and far removed, they had little understanding of what life was like for ordinary people. Exact observance of the law, an ever-growing list of rules and regulations that people had to follow, ritual purity to maintain their holiness – the burdens they placed upon the people were all but impossible in the midst of busy lives filled with making a living and raising family. The Scribes and Pharisees had little or no sympathy for those who found the burden too much to bear. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” This passage from Matthew 11:28 is such a beautiful and comforting passage. Life can be burdensome. We carry all kinds of burdens –worry, heavy responsibility, disappointment and fear, hurt, bitterness, guilt, illness, grief … the list could go on. People came to Jesus with many burdens. All of them had their burdens lightened as a result of meeting him. His mere presence could bring peace to an anguished soul. We don’t always give a lot of thought to Jesus’ burden. Regarding his burden he said, “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” How could Jesus, who took on the burden of so many say that his burden was light? Because he carried his burden with such love. Love can make a heavy burden seem light. “Take my yoke” Religion was never meant to be an added burden in life. If Jesus, and our response to the gift of our faith gives us any additional burden at all, it is the burden of loving each other. If we have love, then it is no burden at all. Part of life is that there will always be burdens to carry. Jesus didn’t come to take our burdens away from us. No, but he gives us the strength we need to carry them. At times, all of us find life burdensome. Jesus never stops inviting us to bring our burdens to him so he can give us rest. In times of trouble we always turn to prayer. We will begin including a prayer for peace in the bulletin and in our worship aide that we can pray together. We may not be able to use them all, but if you have a favorite prayer for peace that you would like to share, please send them to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will join our voices and share our prayers and hopes and dreams for peace.
Blessings, love and prayers,