Staffed by the Vocationist Fathers
                                                                                                     West Broadway & Chamberlain Avenue - Paterson, NJ 07522
A Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson


3sunord13rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Johnny and Jimmy were friends. Their families lived about half a mile apart out in the country. Often they played together after school. One afternoon they played later than usual. It was already getting dark and a storm was blowing up. Suddenly it began to rain, to thunder and lightning. There was no one to take Jimmy home. He stood there shivering, afraid to start out alone. Then a light appeared down the road. It turned into the farm where Jimmy was. His big brother Bill with a flashlight and their dog Rex had come to light Jimmy home. Christ is our Big Brother who came to show us the way home to heaven. In today’s Gospel we hear, “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the shadow of death light has dawned.” Christ came like a great light, to pierce the darkness, and shine in the hearts of men. He was the Light. We recite always in the Creed: “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God… God from God, Light from Light.” How is Christ a Light to you and me? Jesus declared: “I am the light of the world. He who follows me does not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” Christ brings the interior light to us by healing our souls, but also brings the exterior light by healing our bodies. Who of us does not have problems in health, finance, personality, injustice, loneliness, ingratitude, love unreturned? In the bright light of Jesus, we have to see our way through these perplexing problems. If we truly follow Jesus, we do not walk in darkness, but in the light. That light is renewed, rekindled in every Holy Eucharist. May we renew our love for the Light of the world – Jesus Christ. God bless you. Yours in Christ,

Fr. Leo Antony, SDV

St. Gerard Majella RC Church

501 West Broadway – Paterson, NJ 07522