Since today is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, last Sunday must have been the first. We didn’t realized it because it was also the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Through baptism, we each became members of the Body of Christ, the Church. It may seem quite “ordinary,” but it certainly is not, as our baptism was the occasion of our rebirth in the Spirit. As we celebrate Ordinary Time today, may we realize the extraordinariness of God’s grace.
Collection for the Church in Latin America is taken this weekend. Please be as generous as you can.
Some of you may have received a letter from Cardinal Cupich asking that you make pledge to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. The “church” part of the Appeal will be organized in February. Please, respond as generously as possible.
Each year between the dates of January 18-25, Christians around the world are called to devote time to pray for unity among all Christians. We know that Jesus prayed for his disciples to remain one, as he and his Father are one, “that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Praying for Christian unity supports the task of evangelization, which is central to Renew My Church and one of the core priorities of the Second Vatican Council.
As we give thanks for all God’s blessings in the beginning of the New Year, we ask for the gift of unity for all Christians and people of good will.
God bless you,