Parish Bulletin Article on October 24, 2021
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic and continuing today even as we struggle to get back to a new normal, I find myself taking short quiet breaks looking for peace of mind, body and spirit. I am sure many of you may do the same. It can be as simple as closing my office door or sitting in our enclosed back yard, not answering the phone right away, or going to my quarters in the rectory and putting aside whatever I feel I need to be doing and do something less stressful like reading a book or a favorite magazine for fifteen minutes.
But this kind of “peace” is merely quietness or inactivity. We simply want to ask the world to stop, if only for a moment, to get ourselves together or recharge our batteries. In today’s gospel, Jesus asks Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)
Bartimaeus wants to see again and is healed. Jesus says to him, “your faith has saved you.” (Mark 10:52)
Today, let us have the faith and confidence of Bartimaeus to see in our minds, hearts and souls that true peace is from God. This peace, one only God can give, is more than the absence of noise and conflict. True peace, we learn from Jesus, is created in mutual respect, empathy for others, a willingness to forgive and seek forgiveness, an attitude of appreciation for life itself and all that sustains it. Peace is not a state of passivity but something that is created and maintained. Isn’t this the peace the world needs so desperately today?
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace!
In the week ahead, let us not only be seekers of peace, but with confidence and trust in God’s grace, may we also see those places where we are invited to be creators of peace.
It is said that Helen Keller was once asked if there was anything worse than being blind. She replied, “Having no vision.”
Have a blessed week ahead.
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello
Pastor of St. Giles Parish and Administrator of Ascension Parish