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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
11 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lord speaks to us in parables. Over and over in the Gospels we hear stories that the Lord is speaking as He tries to instruct us about following God. Only if we are walking with Jesus in His way will we be able to understand the meaning of the parables. It is not because Jesus does not want us to understand, but because there is only one way to understand stories: to be with the one who is telling the stories.
The first reading today from the Prophet Ezekiel and the Gospel both speak about starting a new plant, about sowing seed, about making something grow. The kingdom of heaven is about something new growing, in us and in the world around us. God is at work and makes new things happen. God is giving us His live and that is entirely new.
Perhaps today we take it for granted that God has become one of us in order to save us. We must stop for a moment and realize how incredible that is! God promises us His life and so He takes on our life and even dies so that we can have life. The challenge for us is the same as it was in the time of Jesus: do we want new life?
Quite often we are content with the life we have. We only want to have enough food to eat and enough please to enjoy and we don't want to be bothered with all the obligations of religiosity. This is sad. It means that a person has not encountered the living God but has only encountered religion in a bad way.
Once we begin to be aware of the new life that can be ours, we begin to want it more and more. It is not any obligation of religiosity that brings us to celebrate the Eucharist or to take part in the Christian community. It is the encounter with the risen Lord. The Second Letter to the Corinthians today puts it this way: we aspire to please Him, whether we are at home or away.
Most people give up on Church or on religious practice because they have never met the Lord. You and I need to find ways to invite people to meet the Lord. If we ourselves have not met Him, then we cannot preach Him or give witness to Him. May this new life that God promises us take place in our lives and may we be able to share it with others.
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You are invited to join us at 10:00 on any Sunday morning to attend Mass at our church. No matter your background, ethnicity, or denomination, we don't look at that. Just people with good will looking for some place to fill out their souls. If you need comfort, a place to pray, this is the place. We do not judge—it's not up to us to judge. All are welcome.
The Mass liturgy is celebrated in English and booklets are available for you to follow the service in comfort. Please come and worship along side the friendly people of St. Casimir’s.
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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Mary Donahue, Stephanie Maciejewski, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach, Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Bruce Roberts, Lawrence Fox, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Mary Saleh, Sharon Nolan, Yanna Lantz, Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Dan North, Lindsay Griffen, Louise Regan, Jean Bernier, Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Father Robert Fredrickson, Helen Peck, Harrison McKinstry, Kristin Bilionis, James Strazzulla, George Cole, Susan Runowicz- Smith, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, Steve Kulis, Justin Mothersele, Terry Massey, Eddie Soboleski, Helen Rogers, Andrew Winter, Kathy Ferrelli. Phillis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; and Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Peg Kostiuk, Tillie Kleszcz, Mark Kourey, Chris Kourey.
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