Our Lady ​of Mount Virgin Parish

Roman Catholic Church

Garfield, NJ

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Parish Mission Statement 

Growing in grace, growing in gratitude, and growing in faith by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Crescendo nella grazia, crescendo nella gratitudine e crescendo nella fede per mezzo di vivere il Vangelo di Gesù Cristo.


Lifting our prayers through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Virgin and Our Lady of Sorrows.

February 24, 2019

My Friends,

Our Gospel today continues Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain, in which we heard Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. This week, Jesus gives us new commandments, telling us how to live and act in the world as His disciples, rooted in the radical love of God for humanity. It reminds us of His later speech about loving one another as He loves us, in other words with a God-like love, the kind we see in today’s psalm about God’s mercy. How else could we do as Jesus tells us by loving our enemies, which seems impossible, until we remember that God gave us the example of Jesus, who is like God but also like us? David understands this merciful love when he spares the life of his enemy in the first reading. Finally, Paul tells us that we will become like Jesus if we act as he did, as God does.


RADICAL LOVE

Have you ever read or heard anything about Jesus being called a “radical?” What such a statement ignores is that God has been a radical all through salvation history. What kind of superior being forgives the kind of unloving actions humankind has committed through the centuries? Answer: A God of radical mercy, kindness, love. In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches that, like Himself, like God, we must love with God-like radical compassion, even those who are our enemies. Didn’t Jesus give us an extreme example, forgiving those who put Him to death? How difficult it is to be like God, like Jesus, forgiving, even loving, the very people who have treated us badly!

The first reading gives another example. David was under a death sentence by King Saul, who had become David’s enemy through jealousy. Given an opportunity to murder Saul in his sleep, David chose to let him live, out of respect for God’s will toward Saul. David recognized that the only way for him to do God’s will was to love Saul, his enemy, enough to refrain from being judge, jury, and executioner.


BEARING A GOD-LIKE IMAGE

Today’s psalm praises God for showing mercy toward us, even though we are weak-willed and consistently in need of forgiveness. God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked, too, and calls us to show this God-like mercy to all. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he tells us that by living and loving as Jesus did, as new creatures, we will bear his image as well. That being the case, and knowing that we are all children of a merciful God, made in God’s image and likeness, we take on the image of Jesus through God-like kindness and compassion.


Loving you always,

Fr. Peter

2019 Sharing God’s Blessings

Annual Appeal

This weekend is the start of the 2019 Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal.  This campaign provides the necessary resources to sustain Archdiocesan programs and ministries. Our Parish Goal this year is $24,909. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you for any help you can provide.  If you choose to donate online, please visit www.rcan.org/sharing. 

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Every family participating regularly in the spiritual life of our Parish is encouraged to register. Registration is our only means of recognizing anyone as a member of our Parish. It is also important for testimonial letters regarding Sponsorship for the Sacraments.

To register, please contact the Parish Office during office hours.

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