A MESSAGE FROM LAY DIRECTOR, RONNIE MARTELLA
Since Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday I've had two lines from scripture in my mind. On Palm Sunday the homily focused on the short but powerful piece of a verse… “The Master has need of it” Mark 11:3. Father asked us to put ourselves in the place of the apostles- how could we just walk up to someone and start to take their donkey? How can I do that, what if they said something ?? Tell them the Master has need of it, that is all we need to know, the master has need of us, our gifts and our willingness to serve Him and each other.
On Holy Thursday came the beautiful call to follow in His way, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” John 13: 14-15. What a beautiful and powerful image, Jesus bending down to wash dusty, dirty feet.
I asked a while back for you to send a list of all the ministries in which you serve. The response was incredible and I am humbled by your gifts and the ways in which you are God’s loving, caring presence in so many ministries, to so many others in your environments.
I asked for that list to send it as part of the report to Bishop O’Connell about the Cursillo Movement in the diocese. I wrote about how we in Cursillo live our 4th day and believe that our environment is the moveable square meter that surrounds us. I told him we were praying for him, for his continued recovery and for him as he leads the diocese.
I sent that report and received a response from Bishop O’Connell who wrote “Thank you for your report and for your leadership and service.”
The movement and the diocese are blessed with so many faith filled, generous, loving people and I am blessed that the Lord has allowed my life to be touched by so many of you. You inspire me, you lift me up and help me to be better, you are tireless in your witness to a Christian life well lived.