A Note from Fr. Richard

September 16, 2018

Dear Faithful of St. John the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception:
“He must increase; I must decrease!” John 3:30. Together we witness the powerful response of St. John the Baptist in the Gospel of John when he became aware of a dispute among his own followers:
“Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings.  So they came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.’” John 3:25-26
John clearly knew his purpose in this life!  He was the precursor, the voice crying out in the desert “prepare a way for the Lord,” he was not The Lord... he was not The Light!  John knew how to point others to Jesus... then get out of the way!
This is also our mission, our vocation (call from God), as disciples of Jesus Christ!  We are called to point others to Jesus more by our daily actions, then by our words.  We too are called to Radiate Christ as in the prayer below... “Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus!”
Dear Jesus, Help your disciples of St. John the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception to permit you to increase as we decrease.  May others see you in us and thus come to know, love, and serve you in this life with the sure hope of being with you for every in the next.  Let us make the words of St. John our own this day and always: “He must increase; I must decrease!” 
May the peace and joy of Jesus Christ reign always in your hearts,
Fr. Richard
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