In the very exciting climax of the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989 (yes that’s almost 25 years ago – I feel old, too), Indiana is forced to make a difficult decision, to choose what is more important to him, at the ultimate risk to himself or what he desires. It’s all Hollywood and that, but it’s very well done – it can call us to think about what we consider important, what we would sacrifice for what we love, what we believe in.
Christ calls us to a love supreme, beyond us, where we understand His love is the basis of all love, and if we choose that love, we will discover Him and His presence everywhere. The man who discovers the pearl in the Gospel is willing to sacrifice all his possessions for that one thing, and Christ calls us to let go of the things of this world and cling to what is priceless – Christ himself.
This weekend we begin to turn a corner- on Sunday, Sept. 25th, we will be celebrating our unity and I will be formally installed as pastor (thanks for your patience) and throughout the fall we will be putting a plan for the collaboration of our parish families and what it will entail. We will be working with both parishes’ Pastoral and Finance Councils, hosting presentations for the wider community, and we’ll be welcoming your input, questions, and comments as we work to the next chapter for the Catholic Community of Charlestown.
Through it all, I ask for your prayers and encouragement as we discern God’s will for us and look up and look ahead for us all.
Blessed Mother, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!
Fr. John Sheridan