Principal’s Message: Week of February 18, 2018
In Preperation for the Second Week of Lent

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Dear St. Luke Families,

I just returned from visiting my daughter in San Luis Obispo where she attends college at Cal Poly. It was a wonderful President’s Day Weekend and I hope & pray, you too, had such a time together with family.

What readings!!!  I believe it to be true that each one of us are called by God to a vocation which we are meant to discern, through community, through circumstance, and through the talents that we’ve been given.

For me, a Catholic Christian, we are born with a purpose, with a mission in life. There are many clear texts in scripture on this: Jesus, praying for entire nights to know his Father’s will; Peter conscripted on a rock to be led by a belt that will take him where he would rather not go; Paul being led to Damascus & instructed by an elder as to his vocation….. all of us being challenged to use our time, talent and treasure or be stripped of them. We are all called to mission and so each of us has a vocation. We are not morally free to live our lives simply for ourselves.

But God doesn’t give us just one chance which if we miss it or turn down will leave us sad forever. No way! God opens a new door every time we close one. God gives us 77 X 7 chances, and more after that, if needed. The question of VOCATION is not so much a question of guessing right but rather a question of giving oneself over in faith and love to the situation we have chosen. God continues to love us & desire our happiness, even when we don’t always follow to where we are ideally called.

Our vocation, I think, is to make what we are in fact living – married, single, priest, religious – a life of selflessness & service to others. Happiness & salvation are contingent upon that, not upon guessing correctly.

Have a wonderful second week of Lent and remember that we are encouraged in Lent to cultivate three religious practices: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. It is a time to reflect on how we share our treasures, both the things we own and the money we earn. Could we live on less? What donations could we make to our church or charity this Lent? 

Reading I: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Responsorial Psalm: 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Reading II: Romans 8:31b-34
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10

Mr. Rieschick