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From the Desk of Father Mac
 

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 6th, 2018



My Dear Friends in Christ,

Following Christ isn’t that complicated. In fact, today Jesus reduces the essence of what it means to be his follower into one sentence; a New Commandment that summarizes everything he has taught: "Love one another as I have loved you." If we do that, we are following Christ's path, and we will experience the joy and meaning that only God can give.

To make it even simpler, Jesus explains exactly what he means by the word "love," a word the Devil is always trying to distort: "A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends." In other words, love is self-giving. The greater the self-giving, the greater the love. When we serve others, when we live in order to give and not to take, when we are willing to suffer so that someone else can rejoice, then we may call ourselves his disciples.

Jesus didn't just explain the meaning of true love with words; he also explained it with his deeds, with his own suffering and death. He accepted mockery, humiliation, torture, rejection, injustice, misunderstanding, betrayal, and even death to show us what love really is: self-giving, self-forgetful generosity.

If Christ commands us to love others and give of ourselves for others, just as he did for us, then we need to ask ourselves a question: What is the very best thing I can do for my neighbor? There are many good things we can do: give food and clothing to those in need, give education to the ignorant and comfort to the sick and dying. Those are some of what the Church traditionally calls the "works of mercy," and they are concrete ways to serve our neighbor.

We have an opportunity to do just that today by making a gift to the Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity. Since 1951, the McIntyre Fund has provided financial assistance to people in crisis situations throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Your gift goes directly to provide one-time emergency assistance for Food, Utilities, Transportation, Medical, Housing or Funeral Expenses to children, adults, and families. You are helping to serve “the neediest of the needy” for whom no other resources exist.

Funds are dispersed through the parish. Persons in need seek help from their priest. He gives immediate assistance from parish funds then applies to the Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity for reimbursement. 100% of your tax deductible contribution goes directly toward helping the poorest of the poor. Please prayerfully consider this week what commitment you are prepared to make today to the Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity. Special envelopes are available in the pews.

We don't have to enter a monastery to become experts in Christian love. We just have to exercise our faith, so that God's idea of love becomes our idea of love. That's the path to true wisdom and lasting joy!

In Christ,
 

Pastor 

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at  info@st-cyril.org or phone 818.986.8234


 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234

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Image of artwork in header - Used with permission (one-time use only)  from: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI.
Title: "St Cyril of Jerusalem" - Artist: Anthony Visco, Atelier for the Sacred Arts, Philadelphia, PA - Shrine’s website: guadalupeshrine.org



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