Be Not Afraid!
My Brother Knights!
This past week end I attended two of many final Masses in our Sioux City Diocese. Sadly many parishes were move to oratory status or outright closed. Why? Lack of priests yes, but also lack of lay leadership and involvement – so many Catholics have fallen or moved away.
There are plenty of feelings of hurt, loss and anger and companion thoughts of what should I (we) do. As I listened to and reflected upon the readings for Sunday the first words of Pope St John Paul II kept coming to mind: “Be Not Afraid!”
How appropriate to be reminded that God works all things to accomplish His purpose and he will never abandon those whom He loves. Counting on His care we have no reason to be afraid; but rather we can Be Courageous doing what needs doing: protecting the faith, family and community God placed into out care.
We are Called to be hopeful in the face of adversity because of our faith and our brotherhood of support. We are Called to active lay leadership and for Knights that just may be inviting those who are hurt or angry or suffering loss to join with us in making God’s promise real for today. We are Called to reach out to those who’ve gone lukewarm in our parishes, our councils and yes among our friends to invite them back to actively living the Catholic religion.
We are Called to invite the men in our parishes to join the Knights of Columbus to build the domestic church and provide our pastors a strong right arm for charity and new evangelization.
We are Called to keep fresh that ancient mark of Christians – they will know us by our Love – for those in need, for one another and for our God who saves.
We are Called – are you prepared to answer brother Knight?