December 29, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

I write at the beginning of this New Year to invite you to stick to our strength – Jesus.

I imagine some of you, like me, have made New Year’s resolutions. Among our various resolutions, commitments, hopes and dreams, there is one that I hope we hold in common as the parish family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe; to embrace our mission, which we embody differently, to grow as disciples of Christ who change the world through our witness to His message.

That’s what disciples are. “Discipline” is not punishment or uncomfortable rigor; it’s simply being intentional. It means practicing. A spiritual practice is anything that focuses our awareness and intention on God. If we’re going to be the church, it’s important that we be intentional about being in relationship with Jesus.

I believe that, if people are falling away from their religious practice it is because they are not interested in a religious social club. They’re interested in changing their lives and changing the world. They’re seeking real meaning and purpose. And the way we do this is in a community of people who are intentional about meaning and purpose, intentional about being in relationship with God who is our strength.

I invite you to make a New Year’s Resolution: to join me in the Church of the Resurrection, beginning January 2, from 6pm to 7pm for a First Thursday Adoration and Holy Hour. During this hour, Jesus will be present in the Most Blessed Sacrament upon the Altar. We will pray with the worldwide church Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of Hours. We will spend time in Eucharistic Adoration.

Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.

During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, the Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.

In its fullest essence … Eucharistic Adoration is “God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!”

In 2020, may we stick more closely to Christ who is our greatest strength,

Father Pete

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)