Dear Parishioners,

Jesus wants us to follow him on his terms. In the Holy Gospel for this Sunday, the Lord once again gives us a clear understanding of what it means to be his disciple. It is not enough simply to keep the Commandments. For some this presents no obstacles. For others, the obstacles are many. Keeping the Commandments—the Ten Commandments given to us by Moses and summed up by Lord as loving God and neighbor completely—is only an initial indication of our discipleship. Rather, Jesus desires a total commitment to him and his Gospel way of life. This translates into a radical giving over of ourselves to Christ—mind, heart and soul. The Lord says to the commandment keeping man in today’s Gospel, “You are lacking in one thing, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, then come follow me (Mark 10, 21).” This type of radical Christian discipleship requires a daily conversion to Jesus and an examination of how we live each day. Jesus gives us the strength and grace to follow him completely or he would not ask us to do so. The saints are our examples. Each Sunday, especially as we receive Holy Communion, let us pray that we will follow our Lord with the totality of lives beginning with the faithful observance of his commandments.

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. I encourage all of you to pray the Holy Rosary as frequently as possible, perhaps every day. Parents and Grandparents, I encourage you to invite your children grandchildren to pray the Holy Rosary with you. If your schedule allows, please come join us here in our church to pray the holy Rosary 8:15 a.m. English & 6:00 p.m. Spanish, the family who pray together stay together.

Thank you so very much for all of your goodness and generosity to Saint Benedict the Abbot Parish in so many ways.

God bless you,

Father Jose Elias