Expectations have a habit of tripping us up. We think we have it all figured out. We know what to expect. But then something happens to surprise us and we have to decide whether to believe it or not. Is this for real? The folks in Nazareth had expectations of their native son. This “son of Joseph” couldn’t possibly be the Anointed One, could he? God has a habit of surprising us, of defying our expectations.
Every year at this time we participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal. I will provide details in next week’s pastor’s column.
At all masses this weekend we will have the blessing of throats. This is one of the most popular blessings from the Roman Ritual. St. Blaise was bishop of Sebaste in Cappadocia and was martyred by beheading about A.D. 316. Not much more can be affirmed of him with any degree of historical accuracy, but legends about him are numerous. One day–so goes the legend–Blaise met a poor woman whose only pig had been snatched up in the fangs of a wolf but at the command of the bishop the wolf restored the pig alive to its owner. The woman did not forget the favor, for later when the bishop was languishing in prison, she brought him tapers to dispel the darkness and gloom. This story may be attributed to the practice of using lighted candles in bestowing the blessing of St. Blaise. While in prison he performed a wonderful cure on a boy who had a fishbone lodged in his throat and who was in danger of choking to death. From this account, we have the longtime custom of invoking the Saint for all kinds of throat trouble.
Two months ago I announced a pilgrimage to Italy which will take place in October 2019. If you decided to be a part of the pilgrimage please bring filled out forms to the rectory. If you have any questions, please call me at the rectory. Next weekend I will extend an invitation to other parishes.
Last week was very cold. Let us ask God for keeping us and our loved ones healthy and safe.
God bless you,