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Living in the Tension

Posted: April 01, 2015

We live in the tension of what is… And, what is possible. Living and working in the present… The juxtaposition of “being in the world, but not of the world.” Jesus was a man that loved, labored and served and yet, he never lost his sense of his divinity and being sent by God for a specific and awesome task… to save the world. 

As we approach Easter, we are reminded of this enormous challenge to be fully human with all of our flaws, but always remembering that we have been created in God’s image. . . 
We have been sent by God and will return to God. It is both challenging and comforting. The Jewish tradition refers to our work here as, “repairing the world.”

The good news is that we are called to this journey together through Baptism. This Lenten Season has shown us many reminders of this call from the generous outpouring of alms, a tradition that is thousands of years old, with the Lenten Food Drive and Operation Rice Bowl to fasting and making space for God. We have also seen the work of the spirit through individual reflections on the Lenten Retreat, Vatican II study in the Mahon Center and in small groups studying the, “Joy of the Gospel”… We also know that candidates have been preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation and Rite of Initiation at the Easter Vigil as full members the Catholic faith.

We have also been invited into the Mystery of the Catholic Church this Lenten Season through the Eucharist. When Fr. Tim says Mass he is sharing a tradition that began with the Last Supper over 2,000 years ago. It has carried on for centuries around the world. Holy Week has been a visible sign of the great suffering that Jesus experienced to bring us into a full life with God. The music and bells that fill our sanctuary are a beautiful reflection of the gifts that bless our church and lift up our worship.

Although we may never completely let go of this tension in our lives, we trust that God walks with us on this journey. We are always aspiring to the, “Beloved community” that makes room for all people that seek a life with Christ, using our lives to bear witness to this call. And, we are called to great joy with the celebration of Easter, because “light always overcomes darkness.” 

We thank everyone who has blessed our Lenten journey. We are grateful that you share your faith with us. We pray that you and your family will experience Easter Blessings.

—Maura Schnorbach