From the Pastor’s Desk
The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Feb 11, 2024
“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”
-1 Corinthians 10:31
Brothers and Sisters,
Are you ready? Lent is a beautiful gift from the Lord to his disciples, a time set apart each year to evaluate our ongoing process of dedicating our lives to Him. The critical question to help assess our progress is: Am I doing everything for the glory of God? Let us approach Lent with a fervent desire to purify our intentions, ensuring that every aspect of our lives reflects the radiant glory of God.
St. Paul reminds us this weekend that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” For many of us, the phrase “the glory of God” brings to mind St. Ignatius of Loyola’s motto for the Jesuits: Ad maiorem Dei gloriam or “For the greater glory of God.” This motto can help stay accountable so that every decision, action, or ministry is aligned with God’s will and for His sake. Centuries before, St. Irenaeus taught, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” How do we show the glory of God? — we live as God intends.
This Wednesday is a relatively rare occurrence, commemorating both Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day. While plans may already be made, I encourage married couples and those dating to defer their feasting and celebrations to another day. Let us strive to embrace the fast and abstinence of Ash Wednesday.
While I am conscious of not imposing heavy burdens, most of us would benefit from the spirit of fasting more often. Not with the hopes of increasing our capacity to fast (or more intense fasting); the aim is to be more mindful and aware. Fasting allows us to pause and to be intentional about our eating (or other activities, such as fasting from electronic devices). At the same time, the Church defines the fast as only having one meal, with two smaller meals as necessary (so no snacking between meals). The Church expects those 18 to 59 years old to abide by the fast, though prudence mitigates the expectation to fast for those with particular illnesses or sickness.
Lastly, don’t forget to bookmark our Lent landing page at OLPHParish.org/Lent or grab a bulletin after Mass. By doing so, you’ll gain access to the incredible events our staff has curated to guide us in aligning our lives with the Lord’s will during this sacred season. Let’s inspire one another to embrace activities that bring greater glory to God and deepen our relationship with Him!