Week of August 23, 2015

21st Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Friends of St. Luke’s,

"Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, 'For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.' As a result of this, many [of] his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, 'Do you also want to leave?' Simon Peter answered him, 'Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.'"  ~  John 6: 64-69

Would you like to be renewed in faith today?

It's yours for the taking, families of St. Luke’s!!! It is the stuff from which great strides are made. We must be renewed first before we can bring the Good News to others. It is one of the areas that we, as educators, are striving to do with all the children of St. Luke’s.

Life gets in the way of faith, doesn't it? It can be too much to bear at times. In private letters to friends, superiors and confessors, Mother Teresa wrote "Where is my faith? Even deep down...there is nothing but emptiness and darkness" after beginning work in Calcutta's slums. Hard to believe, but true.

Illness, loss of a loved one or a job, the lack of basic needs – all these "life events" can fatigue us to the point of giving up on God.

Some of Jesus' followers gave up on Him because He wasn't the conquering king they had expected. There were many who were doubtful Jesus was who He claimed to be. His teaching was too hard for those who deserted Him to accept.

You can renew your faith by understanding that the work of God is to believe in the One that He sent. It's that simple. Just prior to Jesus' offer to his disciples to stay or go, he claims "I am the bread of life," asserting His true name – "I am," as in God's word to Moses at the burning bush. Then He claims, "Whoever believes in me...Rivers of living water will flow from within him." (John 7:38)

Friends of St. Luke’s, you are a river of living water! As Catholic School families, we need to turn those figurative rivers into literal ones. We can when thoroughly, completely and utterly convinced that Jesus is the Holy One of God. I believe we can!

Just a reminder that this Friday, August 28th, at dusk we will be watching Freaky Friday on St. Luke’s Field- our first Family Movie Night this year! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and family for a fun night under the stars! We will be having a yummy snack bar too for your convenience! Have a wonderful week!

Mr. Rieschick