A Call To Pray the Holy Rosary During October
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A
There are approximately seven billion people in the world. Only a little more than one billion of the population is Christian. Yet, we all share the same concerns and worries about our futures, our families, the economy, our jobs, and our homes. However, we as Christian Catholics have an additional concern: how do we maintain our faith while living in the world? How can we be faithful to God in our daily lives? What is necessary to attain eternal life?
In today’s second reading, St. Paul says: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” My brothers and sisters, if there are different worries or concerns in your hearts, even if you have many small worries or if you have simply one large concern, present everything that is in your heart to God through prayer. He will help you so that “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” The Apostle Paul reminds us that God is near. Jesus is close to us, and He transforms everything in our lives. Therefore, do not be afraid to come here to the Church to pray and to ask Jesus for help. Do not be afraid to gather together in your homes to pray together and ask for help in your families. Do not be afraid to pray by yourself in the silence of your heart while you are at home or at work.
Today is a beautiful day. It is the first Sunday of October, the month of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. I would like to encourage all of you to make a renewed effort to grow in a deeper relationship with Our Lady. She is the Patroness of our parish and the Queen of Peace. If we are ever in need, we can turn to Her for Her help and intercession, and nothing brings Her more happiness than to respond to our needs. She wants to bring Jesus’ peace and joy into our lives and our families, if we would only just say the Rosary every day. This is not much to ask by one who is so ready and willing to give us everything—to give us Her Son. I wish you all peace and joy. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Readings for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Lectionary 139
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