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This past week, Pope Francis declared Archbishop Oscar Romero from Salvador a martyr. Archbishop Romero was murdered while celebrating Mass. He spoke against the government regarding the injustice of their countrymen and their neglect of the poor. Archbishop Romero was a man of service even to his horrible death.
Today’s Gospel makes it clear: we are meant for service. As soon as Jesus heals Simon’s mother—in-law, she begins to serve. And Jesus, who would rather rest himself, works every day and all hours healing and preaching. How do we offer service to others? Do we help with our Helping Hands for the Hungry Program; or taking food to the homebound through our Aid for Friends Program; or make a meal for our Aid for Friends Program; or volunteer around the parish in some capacity; or do we check up on parishioners we do not see; or mentor to our young people? Are we like Job who complained and act miserable all the time? We are obligated to attend Mass every Sunday, but we are also obligated to be of service to others. If you are not volunteering in any way, think of a way you can be of service within our parish or around our community. All of us are meant for service.
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.