From the Pastor’s Desk

6th Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2024

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete.”
-John 15:11

 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Let’s talk about what’s truly essential for our well-being. Our lives are bombarded with advertisements and marketing, constantly telling us about the latest gadgets and gizmos that promise to make our lives easier. Social media influencers often promote this idea, showcasing products and lifestyles that seem enticing but may not necessarily lead to genuine fulfillment. While we usually resist these claims, there are times when we fall prey to the idea that material possessions hold the key to a better life. We all desire happiness, and it’s easy to believe that a life free from suffering, sickness, and stress is the ideal.

As Christian disciples, we’re not immune to the lure of false promises. Throughout history, various forms of heresy, like Gnosticism, have suggested that special knowledge can lead to a better life. While these dissents take different shapes, the core idea remains the promise of superiority through enlightenment. However, Jesus reminds us that there’s no secret to happiness by freely sharing his teachings with all of us. Today’s Gospel is no exception as it reminds us of the simplicity of what we need to know: the Father loves his Son Jesus, and Jesus invites us, as his friends, to share in that love for our own sake. He desires our joy and promises that we’ll find it as we embrace obedience to God’s will. Let’s listen to the Lord and ignore the siren song of an easy path that claims to lead us to fame and fortune.

Celebrating First Communions this weekend is not just a ritual but a profound opportunity to bask in Jesus’s immense love for us. If we accept his invitation to collaborate with him and share in his work, we’ll bear great fruit in our lives, our families, and our community. The joy and fulfillment that come from placing Jesus at the center of our lives are unparalleled. Let’s prioritize the Sabbath and participate in Mass every Sunday (or Saturday evening). Let’s make time to pray with the Lord in our homes and the Church, especially during Adoration. Let’s listen to the Holy Spirit and serve our brothers and sisters. 

Let’s unite in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us, our parish, and the entire Church. This year, our Pentecost Novena (https://olphparish.org/pentecost/) will be a powerful testament to our shared faith, prayed throughout the Archdiocese starting on Friday, May 10. Each evening for nine nights, we’ll gather at 7 p.m. in the Church for worship, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, song, reflection on Scripture, and prayers for an increase in the fruits of the Holy Spirit: faithfulness, self-control, gentleness, peace, love, joy, kindness, generosity, and a desire for transformation.

May the Lord bless our personal growth as disciples, our parish’s efforts to form disciples, and our Archdiocese’s vision for a thriving Church, the Kingdom Jesus promised.

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Ways to serve and receive at OLPH:

BRIDGES TO HOUSING STABILITY – BEANS AND BAGS FUNDRAISER– Come out to Centennial Park on Sunday, May 5th, from 12:30 – 3 PM to support this fundraiser to help end homelessness in Howard County. To learn more, visit bit.ly/BB4B2024

ANNUAL MARITIME DAY MASS – You are invited to celebrate and pray for Seafarers, Families, First Responders, Company Personnel and Families and all affected by the Baltimore Harbor Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse on May 18, at 12:10 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Crypt Church), 400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Sr. Joanna Okereke, HHCJ, National Director at Jokereke@usccb.org or 202-541-3359.

COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND – The faithful who are ill, recovering from surgery, or aging may not be able to attend Mass on Sundays. In bringing Communion to them, the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the whole community toward those who cannot be present at the Eucharist. If you or a loved one would like Communion brought to your home, please contact Sr. Lorraine McGraw at 410 747 4334 to make the necessary arrangements.