It’s the time of year when we begin planting – flowers, crops, vegetable gardens – so it is fitting to hear about the grain of wheat in today’s gospel.  “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single grain.”  Jesus uses it to show us one of the paradoxes at the center of the gospel and of our human experience.  We find our greatest fulfillment when we let go of our selfish will and begin to will the good of others…when we learn to see ourselves as part of something bigger than ourselves.

Next Saturday, March 24, will be a morning of reflection for our pastoral region.  Please join Fr. Richmond, Deacon Jeff, and myself as we reflect upon the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity.  We want them to become the foundation of our friendship with God, a friendship that grows and grows.  Friendship is a great way to see how dying to oneself leads to life.  In a friendship (or a marriage) we can’t always get our own way.  Sometimes we defer to what is best for our friend.  Yet, this opens more possibilities for being together with one’s friend and rejoicing that you can be together.

St. Joseph school has a fine arts fair each year.  It will take place on Thursday evening.  If I remember correctly there is a music performance and then the students other works are on display as well.

Next weekend is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.  See the next page for the schedule of Triduum services.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God.

In Christ,

Fr. Rob