No matter what name we give it, volunteerism, involvement; it is a very large part of any Catholic Parish. The number of people that are involved on Sunday alone is phenomenal. There is a rather famous place that I fish at the Navajo Dam on the San Juan River; below lake … surprisingly there is a little chapel near the river. This is not just an “out of the way place”. It is remote! Unless you knew about the monster trout that await your torment there would be no reason to go there.
seemingly just like everywhere else in the world there is a Catholic church
there. The priests come from Aztec or
Farmington and volunteers do everything from cleaning up the little “five man cemetery”,
doing the readings and providing some hospitality.
Sometimes the chapel is open for Sunday Mass, sometimes not. I do not know the
whole story but it obvious that without volunteers the Sunday morning offering
would not be made.
The same is
true for us. There is something to be done and if we are unwilling, it is not
done. I suppose that God would make up the difference for us if he chose to. After all, God can do anything. The
fact that he does not is just as telling as when he does. The Blessed Mother of
Jesus received a visit from a good
angel who announced the Birth of the Savior. The announcement was like a
question that required her response. She was free to say no.
This is a
fundamental building block of the Church. God does not force us to agree to his
plans. We can say no, although the consequences are
somewhat terrifying. To say “no” to God is to turn our back on him, to lose the
possibility of overwhelming good. It does not seem reasonable that things could
come down to this. Logically it is the only way something good can come into
our life, to come in the form of a choice. But there is a very practical side to this. It has to do with
little kids and pages about the Mass that they color and that come to life in
the love and mystery of the Mass. Or there is
food to bag up; or things that are needed for the refugee resettlement program.
The list is very long and involves things that happen every day and some that
are rare and very wonderful. In order for that good to spread through the
parish there is one critical ingredient to
It is your willingness to help, to say yes.
consider helping in our parish. There is much to be done.