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Letters from a Pastor to His People May 3, 2020
I have a small statue of the Good Shepherd on my bookshelf in my office. Someone gave this to me when I became pastor. It is about eight inches or so tall, made of white plaster, and depicts a shepherd (not necessarily Christ) carrying a sheep over his shoulders. It's an image I'm sure you all are familiar with.Iremember as a child having sports trophies in my room at home. They were a symbol of pride a reminder, for instance, of how my baseball team won the championship. They also served to motivate me to win again next year and obtain another trophy. Or, I remember, seeing around our living room where our piano was little statues of Mozart and Beethoven. These were musicians who delighted our souls, reminded us of the beauty of music, and whom we sought even to emulate.
Todays reading from the Act of the Apostlesis a portion of Peters discourse on that day, the first of many in Acts, message to the situation of his audience. At the heart of the speeches is the proclamation about Jesus, telling the gathered people about and how God raised Jesus from death, thus fulfilling the Messianic prophecies about the promised descendant of David.
Have you picked up an old hobby in the midst of staying at home? An unfinished project or perhaps finding time now to start a project that had been waiting. Last summer, I brought my mobile art gear along with me when I spent the whole summer here at St. Juliana. I fashioned a drawing den for myself in the basement.
CHIBRO is hosted by Father James and Deacon Hank, both currently sheltering in place at St. Juliana Parish in Chicago. The podcast intends to show a peek behind the curtain of rectory life while providing an informal commentary on faith life under our current uncertain circumstances.
The simplicity of Francisco de Zurbarans Agnus Dei (Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, 1640) draws out intense emotion from the heart of the onlooker. The 12month old lamb is laid out on the sacrificial altar, feet corded together and neck graciously offered. Like a lamb led to the slaughter, or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth (Isaiah 537).
This years May Crowning will be streamed online so that everyone can participate from home. Mundelein Seminary rector Father John Kartje will preside over the ceremony, while our seminarians will participate remotely by contributing music and readings from their home dioceses where they are currently completing their academic semester.