"God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living." (Wis 1:13).
“Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead, but asleep.” (Mk 5:21-43)
Over and over again, the readings of this weekend cry out for us to know and believe that God is not responsible for death, nor is to blame for the suffering we go through when someone dies. In fact, our God sent His Son to free us from the gravest slavery that gives birth to death…sin (CCC 549). That doesn't mean we are spared the agony of it all by any means. But, it does mean we have the hope of Jesus. The picture insert above is from a painting I am still researching. It is about the raising of Jairus' daughter we hear about in today's Gospel. In the background at the doorway, you see the figure of Jesus about to enter in the midst of the suffering of a parent's heart. As it is for all moments we endure, the moment He enters everything changes...what is lost is found, what is dead is restored to life! When we celebrate freedom in our nation this week, Christians boldly celebrate that the only true freedom is not from some declaration or legislation or human power of authority. True freedom is only from Jesus Christ, and the choices we freely make must lead us closer to Him, or it is not true freedom. On the eve of our nation's day of independence, I encourage you to re-read this weekend's Scripture passages in light of who you are and whose you are. Also, keep in mind as we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the 56 founding fathers signed the document that formally separated the 13 colonies from the British Empire and established a free nation. It is a day for us to celebrate our great nation, and to remember the religious freedoms that we enjoy as citizens and residents of America. To help facilitate our celebration of the 4th of July this year, our government will observe Independence Day on the 3rd of July so that we can enjoy a day from our labors to rest and relax. As such, Saint Francis de Sales Parish will also observe the 4th of July on the 3rd of July. Our traditional 4th of July Mass will be offered on Friday, the 3rd at 9:30 AM. Please join us to pray, worship, and offer thanksgiving to God for the gifts He has given to us and to our nation.
Pax, Fr. Bline & Fr. Thomas