From Father's Desk

Dear Friends,

Since the empty tomb and the remarkable question, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” (Lk 24:5) we have been set firmly on the path of newness. Over the course of this Easter season, God has promised a new mind, a new spirit, a new heart, and finally a new creation. This is the last week of our series Brand New, and our reading from Revelation provides a fitting culmination! Jesus will wipe away the tears from our eyes. The Lord will destroy death forever. “Behold, I make all things new!” says the Son of God (Rev 21:5). Not just minds or hearts, but the whole of creation will be refashioned. The old order having passed away, behold the new has come. Can’t get much newer than that!

The Apostle John received a vision of heaven that he shared with us in the Book of Revelation. Not all of his vision is plain. Some is quite challenging to understand. Typically, we can think of heaven as the place of eternal happiness with God. After the judgment, if God’s love is found in us, we are moved there not by our own powers but by the strength and grip of God’s love. And once we or our loved ones “arrive”... end of story.

Yet there is more. John depicts a final revelation when the culmination of existence transpires, and God creates a new heaven and a new earth. The New Jerusalem descends from Heaven and in that moment, God makes all things new. Really the arrival of heaven on earth, and the recreation of all reality is the final chapter in the story of creation. So much more grand and transformative. Peter Kreeft puts it this way: “The whole universe is here for us, and we are here for Christ. The universe is only the stage set for the saints, the stuff the Church is made from. The world is there for the Church, not vice versa. In one sense, of course, the Church is there for the world: to save the world. But to save the world means to make the world the church. The world is there for the Church, to be made into the Church, as the block of marble is there for the statue.”

We hope you have enjoyed this season of messages. Here is a recap of our spiritual travels beginning last Summer: Invited! - on the Eucharist. Heart Matters - Wisdom from James. Harvest Principle - you reap what you sow. Expect Miracles - praying with hope during Advent. Building Up the Body of Christ - our mission series. Seriously God? - deep questions about life and God. Brand New - sharing the newness of resurrected life. Seven series through the course of the year. It has been quite a year together.

Looking back, we began preaching message series in the Fall of 2019. This coming Fall will mark our fourth year adopting this format. The format and the method grows; our team has learned a lot. We welcome your feedback! We appreciate the need for a pause from the series. And we plan to pause, to move to a “Summer Schedule” from now until the Fall. Towards Labor Day we will ramp up our series again. In the meanwhile, we prepare for some Sundays that speak loudly on their own: Pentecost, Trinity, Corpus Christi, and our parish feast - June 25 - Our Lady of Perpetual Help!

Stay tuned for more details about our “Summer Schedule.” Roughly from Memorial Day to Labor Day we will adopt a summer schedule each year - to give us some breathing room, to recuperate from the fulness of the year, to take longer bike rides and walks, to spend more time with family and friends. Summer is the time for outdoors: gardening, bbqs, golf, hiking, and the like. I am really looking forward to Summer and hope you are too!

For those of you planning to be away for all or part of the Summer, do not forget to arrange to continue your support of our parish on Givelify. Just download the app from your app store. Set up is a breeze. And thanks!

Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Joel Wilson