Good news travels fast: Jesus gained a reputation quickly because good news travels fast. Last week Jesus heals a man possessed by a demon in the synagogue; in the Gospel today he heals Simon’s mother-in-law. Word of this spreads like wildfire through the village. People are coming in from everywhere. Finally, Jesus withdraws to the desert because of exhaustion. But Simon and the other disciples find him and tell him that the people are still waiting for him.

There is a saying that bad news travels fast. But good news also travels fast, even though it doesn’t get as much attention. Why good news travels fast is because people are hungry to know when good things happen. We need to see that there are incidents/moments/events of goodness rather than evil. Let us continue to believe the best in ourselves and the best in other people. Let us do this by our actions of goodness, kindness, and compassion.

Please mark your calendars for our Lenten Mission beginning Sunday, February 4th, after the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses in the Parish Hall. The Mission will continue on Monday, February 5th, to Wednesday, February 7th.We will begin each night at 7 p.m. in the Church. The theme Monday will be on Gratitude. Tuesday’s theme will be on Compassion. Wednesday’s theme will be on Reconciliation. After the talk on Wednesday, we will have eight priests to help with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Father Ken has a doctorate in liturgy and teaches at Oblate School of Theology. Please make every effort to attend all sessions. I ask that NO meetings be held during this time and that they be rescheduled for another time.

On Ash Wednesday, I encourage you to erect crosses on your property with a purple sash. This is a great way to evangelize and help people notice the season of Lent.

-Fr. Dennis

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