Fifth Sunday of Lent – 04.07.19

“I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession by Christ Jesus.”

We measure so many things in life under the banner of profit and loss. I look for a bargain. I go out of my way when something is on sale, even when I don’t need it. How shocking it is as I read Paul, as he speaks of rubbish what many consider of great value.

Paul teaches us that what really matters is knowledge of Christ Jesus, not just knowing about Him, but having a personal relationship with Him. There is nothing as important as knowing Jesus, His great love for me, and His redeeming sacrifice, as we draw closer to Holy Week. May we make an extra effort to be freed from possessions and be possessed by Him.

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“The cross of Christ invites us to allow ourselves to be smitten by his love, teaching us always to look upon others with mercy and tenderness, especially those who suffer, who are in need of help, who need a word or a concrete action” (Pope Francis, Meditations on the Stations). May we pray for one another as we continue on our Lenten journey now taking a turn to the events of the Passion, Death and Resurrection that we will celebrate during Holy Week leading to the joy of Easter. God bless you and keep you always in His Love!

Joyfully in the Lord,



Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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