Pastor’s Message



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March 18, 2018

Jeremiah the reluctant Prophet


“I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah).


Jeremiah never wanted to be a Prophet. God had to coax him into being a Prophet. “Jeremiah 1 verse 6 records Jeremiah’s initial reaction to his calling: ‘Who me? – an obscure priest from Anathoth!?’ “I cannot speak …” – hence Jeremiah is sometimes called ‘The Reluctant Prophet’. Yet when it came to it – he never flinched from proclaiming God’s Word. For forty years he endured affliction, opposition, hatred and physical violence from the people he loved and tried his utmost to save” (From the Bible Study).


Have you ever felt reluctant to take up an invitation or an offer of work from someone else? Certainly we would not want to accept an unhealthy offer or an offer that would hurt or abuse us. Sometimes a challenging offer of a new job or ministry scares us into not wanting to accept it. That is a little like Jeremiah. However, he did accept and do what God wanted him to do for forty years. He accepted God’s challenging, yet scary offer, and, invitation to him and he fulfilled it. God put the prophetic words into Jeremiah’s mouth and led him to be a good prophet. This is something to think about for all of us.


Next Sunday, March 25, 2018 is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. It is one of the most Sacred Weeks of the Life and Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will gather with Saint Edmund’s Episcopal/Anglican Church, Saint Elizabeth Church at Saint Anselm’s Mother Drexel Hall beginning at 10:00 am. We will Bless the Palms in Mother Drexel Hall promptly at 10:15 am. Our Procession to our Churches will begin after the Blessing of Palms.


The Liturgy Committee will meet at St. Anselm Church today after 10:30 am Mass. The exact times and places of Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Stations of the Cross and Liturgy of the Word will be discussed. All will be announced after they are finalized today at the Liturgy Committee Meeting.


A joint Committee of St. Anselm and St. Elizabeth Parishes for the Installation Mass on April 22, 2018 and the following Reception is being formed. One Committee will handle the Installation Mass and the other Committee will handle the Reception that follows the Mass. I will announce all that takes place at those 2 different meetings after they take place. A meeting of the Reception Committee took place at Pearl’s Restaurant last Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm.


Is God calling you to be another Jeremiah, Naomi, John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Joseph? Think about it for awhile and Do Not Be Afraid.


-Fr. Bob Kelly, SVD