In today’s Gospel we hear: “Jesus said to his disciples: you have heard that it has been said ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you…” He gives a number of sayings that were familiar to the people of his time –ways of dealing with certain situations, but then adds something new to each one. Jesus’ teaching stretches those who hear him to a new way of acting, a new way of thinking. This is where we read that Jesus tells us to “Love our enemies.” While these sayings of Jesus shocked those who heard him at his time, they challenge us to a new way of thinking and acting in our contemporary world. He has a different, a new way of dealing with tough situations. Do you find this Gospel challenging? Do you scratch your head and say, “I don’t know if this is what I want to door if I am capable of doing it.”

Next Sunday we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Korean Community’s presence at St. Francis Church. During these years they have grown tremendously and it is a blessing for us to have them here at St. Francis. Every year many adult Koreans are baptized at the Easter Vigil; they have many educational programs; a number of groups of the Legion of Mary; inspiring concerts; a young adult community and much more. Congratulations and may God Bless Fr. Michael, Sr. Hasang, your community leaders, and all your volunteers for all the good work that you do!

A special congratulations to the Dwelling Place that is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany began this ministry to women 40 years ago. Since then they have provided shelter for women who are trying to get themselves “back on their feet” and live independently, have a job, and be responsible for their day to day lives. Through counseling and education, they help the women acquire the skills needed to accomplish their goal of responsible living. Sisters from other communities are involved with the day to day running of the facility. Congratulations!

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.