From the Pastor

October 22

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

I remember the first job I had as teenager. I received my first pay check and I looked at my new fortune; however, when I looked further down the check I noticed that what I made was not what I was getting paid. I spoke to my dad and he explained it like this to me, “Timothy, welcome to the wonderful world of taxes!” I know that paying our taxes is not something any of us like to do, but it is a part of our “working-life”. What about our “spiritual-life”? Are there “taxes” to be paid there also? Taxes is not the right word, but there are expectations or “dues” that we owe for the honor of calling ourselves Catholics. As Catholics we have precepts that we are called to follow and these precepts are actually a part of our call as members of the Church. The five precepts of the Church are:

 

1)    You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor. 

·       We must “sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord” (Sunday), as well as the principal feast days, known as Catholic holy days of obligation. This requires attending Mass, “and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days.

2)    You shall confess your sins at least once a year. 

·       We must prepare for the Eucharist by means of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). This sacrament “continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.

3)    You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season. 

·       This “guarantees, as a minimum, the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.

4)    You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church. 

·       The fourth precept ensures the times of ascesis (self-discipline) and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart. 

5) You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church. 

·       The fifth precept means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability. (http://www.beginningcatholic.com/precepts-of-the-catholic-church)

 

These minimum requirements are but a small part of the call for all of us as members of the Church, so, may we always honor God by giving to God what belongs to Him and what He desires from us. Remember, God will never be outdone in generosity, so following these small precepts will deliver wonderful rewards in our lives.

 

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You

Fr. Kalista