Dear People of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish,
We had a wonderful gathering/open house last Sunday at the Pinnacle Club at Otter Creek. There was good time to meet each other, to sign up for committees including Liturgy, Faith Formation, Stewardship, Membership and Welcoming. We had a good number sign up as well for the various Liturgical Ministries. A schedule will be developed very soon. Many signed up as well to help set up and take down for the masses and to help with Coffee and Rolls. If you were not able to come last Sunday, there will be Welcome packets available after mass. Opportunities to sign up for various things are still available. You can find parish registration and New Member Survey copies in the packets or check them out here, on the Website.
This weekend’s readings help us to focus on temptation. The first reading from Genesis presents how Eve and Adam were tempted in the Garden of Eden. The gospel from Matthew recounts the temptation of Jesus after his 40 days of fasting in the desert. The contrast between the two is obvious. Eve and Adam were content in paradise but listened to the temptation of Satan and sin entered into the world. Jesus listened to the temptation of Satan but he resisted that temptation. He did not sin. By the faithfulness of Jesus, by his death and resurrection, sin that entered the world was conquered. Life forever in resurrection life is now possible for us even though we yield to temptation and sin. Reconciliation and healing is possible for us. Indeed we are blessed.
Take advantage of these 40 days of Lent. Read and reflect on the Daily readings listed in this bulletin. Put together your plan for Alms giving, Prayer and Fasting that you will make part of your Lenten Journey. Use the St. Luke the Evangelist prayer to pray for this parish and all that God has in mind for us.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann