Father Larry's Letters

"Father Larry's Letters" are a weekly letter/journal about the many events occurring within and around the St. Luke's community.

From Purple, to Red to Brilliant White

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The Joy of Easter is upon us! The overwhelming reality of Jesus Christ risen from the dead on the part of his followers that 1st Easter morning, gives us cause to rejoice and to sing Alleluia! May that spirit of celebration and joy touch you and your families as we enjoy this beginning day of resurrection life.

We have traveled the 40 days of Lent. We have tried to make prayer, fasting and almsgiving a way to open our hearts to a deeper relationship with our loving and forgiving God. I have enjoyed extra reading from several books while listening to some classical music. One book was about 39 newly canonized saints that we rarely hear about. It is amazing what these inspirational believers have done and how they have lived the gift of faith. I am filled with wonder at how the grace of God enabled them to follow Christ in their day to day living. Another book is poetry about people living in the midst of life’s struggles. Will they one day, be saints? Another was “Angels All Around Us.” It was a challenging and straight forward call to be faithful in everyday life. The 40 days of Lent have been good for reflection and learning, for realizing the need to study on a regular basis.

The days of Lent, and especially Holy Week, have given us all lots of scripture that lead us to the celebration of Easter. I have been very conscious of God’s gift of mercy - that God would not have our sins be a block from his gift of life, love and grace. God knows that we will have our failures, our deliberate sins, our sins of omission and our need for His mercy. God is just waiting for us to open our hearts just a little in sincerity, and His light, grace and mercy will pour in. When it does, we are led to today’s celebration of the gift of resurrection life. May you and your family be surrounded by the light and joy of Jesus Christ risen and in glory this very day.

The Building Committee continues its efforts to bring us all the documents needed to begin the construction of our 1st Phase. Documents for our loan with West Bank, the Mortgage, the Tax Exempt Bond through the City of Alleman, and Architect drawings for our City Building permit are all at hand. May the Lord bless us with swift completion.

Palm Sunday enabled us to join the honor given to Jesus as he processed into Jerusalem as the Messiah. Holy Thursday enabled us to remember again that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles and called us to wash one another’s feet in service to those in need. We shared in the remembrance of bread and wine being made the body and blood of Christ at the last supper and at our evening Mass. Good Friday touched us with the pain and humility of Jesus suffering, dying and being buried for our sins.

At the Easter Vigil, we welcomed Roger Haines as he received the Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Welcome Roger!

Our colors have changed from somber purple and suffering red to joyful white. May the joy of this Easter season overflow to you and to all your loved ones.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann