Dear parish family and friends of St. Julia,
This weekend our readings shine a spotlight on discipleship and what it means to follow someone else, to follow the Lord Jesus. This all began at our baptism. Our parents, grandparents, godparents, teachers, priests, and many others helped us, guided us, and taught us what it means to be a disciple, a follower of Jesus Christ. This all takes place by word, deed, and example. Then there comes the day. The day we were given the freedom. I often reflect upon this when I am preparing for grade eight and high school masses and graduation.
If we reflect a little deeper, the freedom goes right back to our baptism. We are free to choose, for Jesus never forces us. There are invitations along the way, gentle tugs and pulls at our hearts. Some are subtle, some can be strong and we can be taken back by them and left in awe. At all times there is that call to "Follow Me."
I invite you to reflect upon your journey. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ to you? Do you feel that tug, that pull? It is easy to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in 2022? How can this community help you? How can I personally help you?
I look forward to gathering together this weekend for Mass as a family of disciples here at St. Julia. Don't forget our Parish Family BBQ this weekend. Consider this your invitation!
May God bless each of you and those that you love.
From Our Pastor