We pray for our loved ones who are travelling during this holiday season.
May God watch over them with His loving protection.
St Joseph's Catholic Parish Toronto
We’re glad you’re here! All are welcome in our community.
The call to ‘Encounter Jesus’ is both an invitation and a mission.
We are an open, welcoming community that seeks to share the life and love of Jesus with every person we encounter.
As a community, we strive to create those spaces where anyone can freely encounter the person of Jesus.
We are further challenged to encounter Jesus in each other, in the world and in the life of the Church.
‘One of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice…’ – Lk17.15
In all the readings today, there is a sense of God doing something new. In the first reading, God’s reign extends beyond the borders of Israel and in response the psalm invites us to ‘sing a new song.’ In the second reading, we see the Kingdom of God growing as the Good News is shared and not contained. Bringing this to completion, we read in the gospel that our response to God’s mighty activity is to return thanks and praise.
At a time when our community is moving through a process of change and embracing new opportunities, it is good for us to reflect and give thanks for all the things that have gone before and for everything with which God has blessed us.
In looking back over our journey, our thanksgiving will naturally be mixed with sorrow and longing. Things aren’t the same as they once were. Structures have changed. Schedules have changed. There are people who started the journey with us who are no longer here. Our experiences and our memories make up our story, with its struggles, its losses, but also the celebrations, the growing and the sharing in love, joy and fellowship. Such is our experience that even when things change, we can celebrate what has been and look forward to what is to come. The story of the People of God is one of constantly being drawn into new lands, new territories, with God as our guide and comforter. God gets involved in our story, walking beside us and taking us out of the familiar and into the unknown.
Gratitude helps us look forward in hope. We remember everything that God has done, and continues to do, in our lives. Gratitude helps us to be open to the new things that God has in store for us as individuals and as a community.
What am I thankful for today?