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Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
Nikki Dickson

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Sunday, February 9, 2020

“You are the light of the world.”  As these words are proclaimed today, hear them as if they were being spoken directly to you.  Jesus, who is the light of the world, acknowledges our worth, and that every day is an opportunity for us to add value to the world.   
On the Feast of the Epiphany, Isaiah told the people, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! … Your light has come.”  Today, we are called to be a light for the world.  We hear how “our light must shine before others.”  We are called to love.  May the loving actions we chose to take, in response to Christ’s call, transform the world.   
We also learn today that St. Paul saw his mission: to announce the Good News of Christ.  He humbled himself so that the Spirit would be seen.  Take some time this week for yourself, so that you may notice how the Spirit is at work providing guidance and courage.  How will you share the good news?   
The prophet Isaiah asserts that works of mercy and justice serve as catalyst for the light of Christ to “break forth like the dawn.”  With the prophet’s encouragement, we can move beyond our self-centeredness to share our gifts with others.  Notice those in need on the margins of our society.   
As we celebrate our patroness’ feast day, join me in acknowledging all those who have walked before us.  They have helped to make possible what we have as a community today.  Now, it is our turn.   Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us. 
Don’t forget to sign up for a small faith group they will start early next month.  These groups provide a great opportunity to help you on your Lenten journey.   
Thank you for your generous support for the Catholic Ministry Appeal.  Remember, it is not too late to contribute if you have not already done so.   
Finally, thank you to all who have worked to make Lourdes – A – Palooza a successful community event.   
Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len 

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