Labor of Love
"We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thesselonians 1:3)
Thank you to everyone who has worked and who continues to work in this parish festival which is a "work of faith" and a "labor of love." How beautiful it is when we realize that the small things we do are a "labor of love" or a "work of faith"? In "The Practice of the Presence of God," by Brother Lawrence, we see Brother Lawrence encountering God in washing dishes and sweeping floors.
Thank you to those who have cooked, those who have cleaned, those who have planned, those who have prayed, those who have carried, those who have served, and those who have cashiered. Thank you to those who have danced, those who have advertised, those who have made phone calls, and those who have sponsored the festival. In Jesus, all of these events become "works of faith" and "labors of love."
In these "labors of love" we encounter God. Trials fall to the side. Peace banishes disputes. In these "works of faith" we participate in bringing God's salvation and good news to the world. For the Christian "laboring in love" the labor becomes easy because we have taken on the yolk of the Lord, "my yolk is easy and my labor is light." (Matthew 11:30) For the Christian, labor is entirely transformed into love, the reality of the labor falls aside and becomes love. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 4-8)
I am inviting all in the parish to encounter and share the love of God through participation not only in the work of the festival, but also in all work as a "labor of love" and "work of faith."
St. Vincent dePaul First Saturday of Every month 6:30 pm- 8 pm serving meal at men's Gettysburg shelter 1921 S Gettysburg Ave, Dayton, OH 45417. - Special festival thank you September 8th after both liturgies. - House of Bread volunteering 9 am - 2 pm Wednesday, September 12. -Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Friday, September 14 7pm vigil liturgy. - Maronite Young Adult Convention in Washington, DC October 5-7. - Camping trip in October. -Bishop Elias visit Friday through Sunday December 7-9. With meet and greet, spiritual talk, liturgies, Saturday Night Dinner, and raffle.
- Initiatives- To what is God calling you? What are your hopes, dreams, and ideas for our parish? What do you want to do? Mission, charity, prayers, work, fundraisers, or maintenance? How can we support you?
-Thank you to all who participated in our $15,000 matching grant. You helped raise $30,000 for our parish.
There will be liturgy Monday Aug 27 at 6 pm. There will be no liturgy Wednesday, Aug 29 or Saturday, September 1.