Pentecost Sunday – June 9, 2019

Remember, summer hasn’t started yet. The summer solstice is June 21st. I know people like to talk about Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, but they are wrong. Summer does not begin until the summer solstice.

That being said, I do need to remind you about how to come to Mass during the summer months. Church is not the beach. We come to Mass to offer sacrifice, to participate in the heavenly liturgy, and to step outside our normal lives and commune with God in the most intimate way possible in the Eucharist. There is nothing ordinary about this, which means our dress, how we present ourselves, should reflect this.

This isn’t about a dress code, because dress codes are about the minimum. Dress codes ask: what is the least I have to do to get by? God is worth more than the minimum. The real questions are: how much do I love and honor God, and what is the best way I can show that?

“The best” might even change over time; it should. Hopefully, as we grow and develop, our best grows and develops as well. We shouldn’t be either ashamed or proud of what our best is. If our best is less than what we want, then we have something to strive for. If our best is better than other people’s, then we should thank God for His blessings in our lives.

We give our best because God deserves it, because we love Him. As long as we can honestly say that we are doing the best that is possible for us, neither God nor anyone else can ask for more.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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