May the grace and peace of our Good and Gracious God be with you!
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Today we conclude the season of Christmas. It is now the time to put away our Christmas decorations until next year. While the business of the Christmas season is history, we look forward to more exciting events. This includes the celebration in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; Black History Month, events for World Meeting of Families, and yes, the season of Lent. We have a short time to rest before future parish, and outside parish events, begin. I look forward to celebrating these events with you.
Again, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all our parishioners who participated in our Christmas season liturgical events. Your presence at Mass, your contribution to the special Christmas collections, and the Giving Tree, and your on—going support to our parish is greatly appreciated. St. Cyprian Parish Community is wonderful to work with, pray with, and commune with. Thank you for who you are to me and to each other.
In today's Gospel we hear the voice of God calling Jesus His "beloved Son." All of you are God’s beloved sons and daughters, for you have accepted the way ofthe Gospel as your way of life. You try your best to live the Gospels by what you say and do. Because of this, you are called "God's Belovedl" What a wonderful title to be called by. Reflect on this title, and reflect what it really means to you. Hopefully you will feel proud to be called "God's Beloved!”
Almighty God, we are reminded through your servant Saint Cyprian, of your Spirit always within us and your Continued Presence in us, and of our oneness with You and the Church. May we always grow together and profess You in Faith, Unity, and Hope. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.