Peace and Good! This week as we celebrate the feast of our patroness, Saint Agnes, I would like to thank God for the opportunity to be back here at Mission Santa Inés. Last summer I was at the tomb of St. Agnes in Rome, and prayed for all the parishioners, little knowing I would be coming back as pastor. I am sorry I cannot be here this weekend: I have a long-standing commitment to give a retreat in San Juan Bautista. But I will be praying for all the parish and look forward to seeing everyone next weekend and into the future. I am grateful to Fr. Matt for all his hard work and I know we all send him our prayers as he begins his new ministry at St. Lawrence Parish in Watts. Transitions are not easy, but with God’s help they can be times of grace. May the Lord bless and keep you all! Fr. Bobby
Saints and Special Observances This Week
Monday: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Tuesday: St. Vincent; Saint Marianne Cope
Wednesday: St. Francis de Sales
Thursday: The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
Friday: Ss. Timothy and Titus
Saturday: St. Angela Merici; Blessed Virgin Mary
THE DEMANDS OF DISCIPLESHIP
Today we encounter readings that already have a Lenten feel about them. Nineveh undergoes a forty-day fast, the psalmist reminds us that God alone can show sinners the way, Paul shows us how fleeting the things and events of this world are, and Jesus cries out “Repent!” before he calls his new followers. “Come after me,” Jesus says, but if we are to truly live out the commands and demands of our discipleship through baptism, we must first know our need for conversion, our repentance, our need to believe in the gospel fully. Today’s Gospel opens with the stark reminder of what befell John the Baptist for completely living out his vocation as the herald of Christ and the gospel: he was arrested, imprisoned, and martyred. Though few of us will experience consequences that extreme, we must all be ready to risk some sort of rejection as, heeding the call of Jesus, we live out the kingdom of God at hand, repent of our sins, and believe in the good news of salvation. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.
"Jesus keeps knocking on our doors, the doors of our lives. He doesn't do this by magic, with special effects, with flashing lights and fireworks. Jesus keeps knocking on our door in the faces of our brothers and sisters, in the faces of our neighbors, in the faces of those at our side." Pope Francis
@ArchbishopGomez: Friends, we need to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy - seeking contact with our Lord through serving others.