My first week has been a good experience; thank you for your open-arms welcome to the Parish family over the last two weekends. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful work you are doing in the parish and I pray that we will continue to work together in this faith family of St Mary MacKillop and St John Vianney Catholic Parish. Here I would like to share with you a beautiful story that I received in the New Year and it starts with a thought provoking message. “Whatever comes your way as you journey into the New Year, remember the lesson of this story”...
A little boy and his father went into a country store, and as they were leaving, the owner of the store offered the little boy some free Sweets. “Get a hand full of sweets", the shopkeeper said to the boy.
The boy just stood there looking up at his father. The owner repeated it: “son get a hand full of sweets... it’s free.” Again the boy did not move, continuing to look up at his Dad.
Finally the father reached into the candy jar and got a hand full of sweets and gave them to his son. As they walked back home, the father stopped and asked his son why he did not grab a hand full of the free candy. The boy with a big smile looked into his father’s face and said: “Because I know that your hand is bigger than mine.”
So dear friends, whatever your needs are for 2020, please place them in the FATHER'S HAND IN HEAVEN, because HIS HAND is BIGGER THAN OURS. My Prayers and Best Wishes for you are that you have a blessed time as you journey through 2020.
This weekend we begin again the Sundays in the Ordinary Season of the year A. Two thoughts emerge from today’s readings. The first is John the Baptist’s dramatic declaration, ‘Behold the Lamb of God’. The second is an invitation to do a personal stock-take during this first month of the New Year, and make some resolutions to improve the quality of our lives. This weekend John the Baptist urges us to ask what are we fundamentally about and then seek to reset our lives.
Let us ask the Lord to pour His Holy Spirit upon us to deepen our faith, hope, and love for God and to reveal the plan He has for our life.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil