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Sister Maria Inviolata is a member of the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace. Assigned by Bishop Joseph Cistone, DD as the Pastoral Administrator of Ave Maria Parish, she resides with her community in Port Sanilac, at St. Mary's convent. Check back weekly for updates and current happenings at our Parish.

November 4th: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parish Family,

If you want to get a good summary of the first reading at Sunday Mass, read the responsorial psalm. Today the responsorial psalm is: “I love you, Lord, my strength.” That single line sums up not only the first reading, but also gets at the heart of our relationship with God. “I love you, Lord, my strength.” If we have had any true experience of God, then love is the only response we can muster. Our love for God, just like the psalm at Mass, is a response. It is a response to his great love for us, which always comes first. St. John speaks of this in his first letter when he writes, “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” Love originates in God. It is only though experiencing the love of God, who Is Love, that we come to understand love, and become capable of loving in return. We were created to receive God’s love and love him in return. What does that look like for me? The first step lies in how we recognize God’s love. To love God, we need to recognize more deeply his love for us. We are chosen, not because of any merit of our own, but simply because God loves us. We can be tempted to think that due to our sins God can’t or won’t love us. What a lie! God’s love is stronger and deeper than anything we have done or anything we have experienced. God relentlessly loves each one of us! Once we realize that, our life becomes amazing in new and beautiful ways. Then our response to God’s love is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. The final part of that commandment is the next step— we respond by loving others. Today we begin the celebration of National Vocation Awareness Week. During this week, a good question to ask ourselves is, “How am I being called to respond to the love of God in my life?” The first part of that answer is “to love God in return.” This is what is meant by the universal call to holiness. Holiness is nothing more than allowing the love of God to live in us and then through us to others. The more we allow God to love us, the more readily we will give of ourselves in loving and helping others. It is an amazing journey that God invites us to undertake, leading to our ultimate happiness and fulfillment. Every person is called to serve God and neighbor in some particular way; we call this our vocation. God calls some to marriage, some to ordained ministry, and some to consecrated life. It is important that we ask God how he wants us to receive his love, and how he wants us to share that love with others because his will is our surest path to joy. Our lives become a living responsorial psalm, because we recognize that God’s love will see us through any difficulty, any challenge, and any situation in life. With the psalmist we then simply respond, “I love you Lord, my strength,” (usccb.org) 

God bless you,

Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG

 

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