Bishop Richard G. Lennon
friday may 8 2015
The earth – and Diocese -- are filled with the Lord’s goodness
On Tuesday of the Octave of Easter, the Responsorial Psalm was taken from Psalm 33 with the refrain “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” Throughout that day I thought about those words. One can imagine this happening as the refrain continued to bring us back to the Paschal Mystery which we had just celebrated two days earlier, on Easter Sunday, focusing on Jesus rising from the dead.
St. John the Evangelist, our diocesan patron saint, certainly captured the words of Psalm 33 when he wrote “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might have love through Him.”
There are many ways that God has shown His love for mankind in addition to the suffering and death of His Son so that mankind may enjoy everlasting life. One can readily appreciate the Revelation of God which points us in the direction of our living for and with God and for our embracing of the mind of God with our best efforts of loving God and our neighbor as one’s self.
God also shows His goodness for us when the Sacraments are celebrated as they are signs of His abundant love and His desire for us to grow in holiness.
And the Church, founded by Jesus Himself, is a great gift for all of us as the Church is the Body of Christ in our midst as the presence of God. Also, in response to the teachings of Jesus that we are called to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, all of us have benefited from good, faithful people who have enriched our lives by supporting us, caring for us and being examples of God’s love in our midst.
On last Saturday, May 2, the Diocese celebrated Deacon Ordinations as nine candidates were ordained for service to the Diocese. It was a happy day for them and their families and for the Diocese as a whole having men embrace service for the Faithful of the parishes to which they have been assigned.
On this past Tuesday, May 5, Deacons who were celebrating significant anniversaries of diaconal ordination of 35, 30, 25, 20 and 10 years, participated at Mass and attended a reception. There were 29 deacons celebrating significant anniversaries this year.
On Saturday, May 16, Priesthood Ordinations will be celebrated at the Cathedral. Three Cleveland Deacons will be ordained priests and in June will report to their respective assignments to begin their priestly ministry.
And lastly on Tuesday, on May 19, priests of Cleveland will gather for Mass and a meal to recognize their significant anniversaries. There are 24 priests who are celebrating 65, 50 and 40 years of services.
As you can see, or Diocese is full of the goodness of the Lord.