Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25
Compared to earlier generations, a special characteristic of this generation is speed. We can communicate with one another at speeds that were unthinkable even half a century ago. An email reaches its destination on the other side of the world in a matter of seconds. Journeys that took days or even weeks in our grandparents’ time now take hours. Builders can build much faster than in times past. We may even suspect that much of what is built quickly may not endure. In the ancient world, buildings, especially those of political or religious significance, were built to last. In Rome, we can still see the remains of the significant political and religious buildings of the Roman Empire. In Jerusalem, in the time of Jesus, the most significant public building by far was the temple.
The temple is to be God’s House, God’s Home, a place where all people can feel at home in God’s presence. The activities associated with the market were preventing the temple from being the home that God wanted it to be, a spiritual home for all the nations. Jesus saw that here was an institution in need of reform.
Every institution, whether secular or religious, is always in need of some reform. The Church, in so far, as it is a human institution, is in need of ongoing reform. The Church exists to serve the purposes of God in the world. Inevitably, because the Church is composed of human beings, it can also serve as a block to God’s purposes. The church is called to be the Sacrament of Christ, to reveal the powerful and life-giving presence of Christ to the world.
Just as Jesus wanted to purify the temple, the risen Lord is constantly working to purify us, the church. All of us who make up the Church, need to be open to His purifying zeal. We all have our part to play in ensuring that the Church is what the Lord intends it to be. Lent in particular, is a time for listening to the Spirit.
2021 Catholic Ministries Appeals Update
St. Finbarr St. Patrick St. Ignatius
Goal $8,356.00 $5,935.00 $9,774.00
Donors 11 8 9
Total Received YTD $6,085.00 $2,050.00 $1,510.00
$Needed To Meet Goal $2,271.00 $3,885.00 $8,264.00
Please keep the following sick, hospitalized & home-bound Tri-Parish members in your prayers.
Erna Tart – St. Ignatius Parish
Cassidy Pravecek – St. Ignatius Parish
Ray Steichen - St. Ignatius Parish
Dean Stern – St. Patrick Parish
Isabella Morse – St. Patrick Parish
Kurt Fuhrmann Jr. - St. Patrick Parish
Anna Christianson – St. Patrick Parish
Ida Rowe - St. Patrick Parish
Leon Steinkamp - St. Finbarr Parish
Dorothy Steinkamp - St. Finbarr Parish
Lois Gehling – St. Finbarr Parish
Paul Snyder - St. Finbarr Parish
Dan Copley - St. Finbarr Parish
Lucca Sween - St. Finbarr Parish
Lee Baldus - St. Finbarr Parish
Bob & Margaret Cole
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St. Patrick in LeRoy $425.00
St. Ignatius in Spring Valley $2,494.00
St. Finbarr in Grand Meadow $914.00
In addition to our goal to help keep people safe and healthy during this difficult time, we are also committed to meeting our other financial obligations. Please continue your financial support of your Parish by sending a check to your parish.
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