Saint Frances de Chantal R.C. Church|
IN ORDINARY TIME
I will give thanks to you,
with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth.
— Psalm 138:1
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!
“Holy, holy, holy!” Ancient languages, like the Hebrew used in the scriptures, did not always have a way to express superlatives in one word. Isaiah could not say God was “holiest,” so he used the threefold repetition of the same word. This bit of scriptural minutiae about these “three little words” that we sing at every Mass serves as a reminder that answering God’s call has to be grounded in awareness of God’s holiness. In Isaiah and in the Gospel passage today, we hear accounts of the revelation of God’s power and might: the seraphim in the temple and the miraculous catch of fish. These are not wondrous revelations for their own sakes. They lead to a response in mission, Isaiah’s “Here I am, send me!” and the disciples’ leaving everything to follow Jesus. And so must our own “Holy, Holy, Holy!” lead us to Christ in the Eucharist every Sunday, and to a life following him day by day.
On Ash Wednesday we begin the season of Lent, a time of reflection and renewal of our spiritual life. We remind everyone that Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. That is, anyone between the age of 14 and 60 may eat one full and two light meatless meals. As we enter into these 40 Days of Lent, the Church encourages us to invite others to experience the season in the spirit of Christian joy.
|From the Pastor|
- St. Frances de Chantal R.C. Church
- 1273 58th St
- Brooklyn, NY 11219