03/27/2016

father_karl_216Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Happy Easter to you and your Families!

One of my favorite places as a child was the home of my mother’s uncle Jim. It had originally been a one story thatched cottage but sometime in the fifties it had been slated and pebble dashed. At one gable where the old entry from the lane to the house was there appeared every spring a great mound of daffodils. I often wondered how they got there. Had some poor hardworking person taken a bulb from one of the great house gardens and planted it. I still wonder do they still bloom as the property is no longer in the family. Little did the one who planted it realize that they would give joy every spring to many generations of people. They continued to multiply year after year.

Jesus told his disciples after the resurrection to go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news. In the confusion and the fear and the joy, did they realize how successful the message would be?

The carpenter from Nazareth was seen as a failure, humiliated crucified and consigned to history. His band was scattered and dejected, but in a few weeks they were full of vigor and ready to die for the one who had risen. “They put him to death…….God raised him on the third day…. He commissioned us to preach to the people…”(Acts 10) We too are commissioned to preach that same Jesus to pro- claim him from the rooftops and like the person that plant- ed the daffodils we will never know how successful our planting will be.

As we celebrate the Resurrection let us go out and plant the seed(bulb)of faith and pray that he who began the good work in us will bring it to fruitful completion. Alleluia alleluia alleluia.

Let the journey continue Pray for me as I pray for you,
Fr Karl